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Calling all users past and present of Floras and Faunas information!
Pavel Stoev

If you have used Floras or Faunas (hard copy or online) at any point in your work, research or leisure we'd love to hear from you. Perhaps you have used them in the past to try and identify species, to piece together the geographical distribution of particular taxa, to compile geographical or habitat based checklists of species, or to extract morphological or ecological traits from the descriptions. Even if your experience with them wasn't as successful as you'd hoped, we'd very much like to hear your views!

Producers of Floristic and Faunistic information face choices in the information that is prioritised, for example for digitisation and in the ways it is eventually presented to consumers. Often these important choices are based on an incomplete understanding of user needs, particularly of those users working outside of the taxonomic disciplines, but is also true to a lesser extent within the taxonomic community itself. The producers of information may be unaware exactly how their core biodiversity sources such as Floras and Faunas are being used, and which information is particularly valued. On the other hand, consumer groups who could benefit from primary information and associated services may be unaware of the existence of these resources, or else face other practical or technical barriers to their use.

Task 2.2 (within Workpackage 2) aims to identify the existing and the potential new consumers of Flora and Fauna information and services and to better understand their needs. A workshop is planned in May 2013 in Berlin. If you are interested in either filling out a short questionnaire or in attending the workshop please contact Soraya.Sierra [at]

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312848