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New open access database on pest information

From IPMNet News

A massive, new crop pest information open access database recently made its debut on the web. Known as the Pest Information Wiki, this broad and deep data source presents material on a variety of topics related to pests (i.e., insects), diseases, and weeds, and was organized and crafted by the Germany-based International Society for Pest Information (ISPI).

The ISPI Wiki, spearheaded and constructed by ISPI executive director B. Zelazny, currently provides access to well over 100,000 research publications and other pest related information sources, a breath-taking volume of historic information. Have an interest in the pernicious weed Mimosa pigra? A search instantaneously offers up dozens of page title or text matches; each found item displays the individual particulars such as: source, title, size, and date. Click on a chosen item and more information and further information is displayed, typically authors, abstract, source, and quite likely a link to additional sources

For those of us who were not clear on the meaning of  “wiki,” where better to search than Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia living on the web. The definition given: “A wiki is a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor.” The term “wiki” is described as an Hawaiian word meaning ‘fast’ or ‘quick.’ The ISPI Wiki precisely matches this description.

In a note, Dr. Zelazny announced operational status for the ISPI Wiki, but commented that “This does not mean everything is finished. The development work will still continue for a few years, as will the transfer of data from our MSAccess database to this website. However, most of our literature data (about 80%) have now been imported and we have pages for about 1500 pests [insects], diseases, and weeds. Any suggestions on the main page or other aspects of the wiki will be much appreciated. Kindly remember to log-in or create a user account if you want to contribute to this site.” wiki.pestinfo.org/wiki/Main_Page. {Disclaimer: the IPMnet NEWS editor is a member and officer of ISPI.}

–excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated site and from information provided by B. Zelazny.

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