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Monographia: Open-source Software to Automate Revisionary Systematic Studies

Damon Little

Monographia is a web application designed to automate descriptive systematic studies. It will be used to collect, view, and curate specimen data; to link specimen data to individual morphological and molecular observations; and to provide dynamically compiled data summaries in multiple formats, diagnostic interactive graphics, and cross references to other data types. Monographia is far more than a dynamic compilation tool: It will facilitate collaborative research among systematists and allow data to be exchanged across projects and databases—eliminating duplicated effort and improving data quality. It will preserve information that is usually lost soon after publication (e.g. individual morphological measurements) thus facilitating data reuse. It will enable simultaneous communication to a variety of audiences using an integrated multilingual design.

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