MELnet Workshop at the IT Center of the SNSB #

Second Diversity Workbench workshop for Melastomataceae specialists

Logistics #

  • Local hosts: S. Renner, D. Triebel, M. Weiss, I. Sebek, T. Weibulat, K. Bensch (née Schubert)
  • Place: Botanische Staatssammlung München, Menzinger Str. 67, 1st floor, room 121a (= a dedicated computer-teaching room), 08917861178
  • Time: 1-2 October 2011; start: 10.00 a.m., end: 5:30 p.m.
  • Getting there
    • From the airport (duration ca. 90 min) take the “S-Bahn”, which departs directly below the terminal, with both lines (S 1 or S 8) working equally well. Get out after ca. 59 min at the main train station (“Hauptbahnhof”). Trains depart every 20 min. The MOST DIFFICULT thing is getting a train ticket. These cannot be bought on the train and not on the platform either. Instead, you get them at the airport level above the trains, either from a vending machine or an actual person (there are 3 people selling them at a “Bundesbahn” booth just opposite the stairs leading down to the train platform. If unsure, just ask someone, but note that 30% of the people in Munich at any one time are non-citizens, usually tourists (there are 5 million/Oktoberfest).
    • Once at the Hauptbahnhof, exit the station and take the tramline number 17 (it’s clearly marked on its front and on the side with “17 Amalienburgstraße.” No other tram or bus will work.) The 17 departs every 10 minutes. Get off after 19 min at “Botanischer Garden.” The coming stops can be seen on electronic displays inside the tram.
  • Lunch: ca. 12.30 to 2 p.m.
  • Coffee break: ca. 3:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Hardware: Must bring your laptops (MS Windows XP upwards; .Net Framework 3.5 can be installed here) or use local PCs


Training in data management, using MelList data and real-life problems. Dr. Triebel and her staff will demonstrate the various linked tools that form the “Diversity Workbench”, such as DiversityTaxonNames (the main tool for MELlist data), DiversityAgents, DiversityGazetteers, DiversityReferences, and DiversityCollection (for typification). Everyone is welcome to work with our herbarium specimens, finding new types, using the IT tools, and discussing the handling of difficult nomenclatural situations in Diversity Workbench. People already familiar with DiversityTaxonNames may concentrate on their herbarium work (the herbarium is not far from the computer room), but should attend sections dealing with new developments.

October, 1st

  • 10.00 Installing the tools and establishing accounts for everyone
  • 10.15 Introduction to Diversity Workbench and DiversityTaxonNames (D. Triebel)
  • 10.45 Practical intro to "DiversityTaxonNames" using the DiversityTaxonNames manual and short description of the DW-Module DiversityAgents, DiversityReferences (M. Weiss)
  • 11.15 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames
  • 12.00 DiversityCollection for typification work (M. Weiss)
  • 12.30 Lunch break
  • 14.00 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames
  • 15.30 Coffee break
  • 16.00 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames, Discussion

October, 2nd

  • 10.00 MELnet and the Catalogue of Life (D. Triebel)
  • 10.15 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames
  • 11.30 Intro to DiversityGazetteers (W. Reichert)
  • 12.00 MELnet and data flow between related portals (D. Triebel)
  • 12.30 Lunch break
  • 14.00 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames
  • 15.30 Coffee break
  • 16.00 Work with MELnet data in DiversityTaxonNames, Discussion

Renato GoldenbergUniversidade Federal do Paraná – herbarium UPCB (Brazil)Brazilian and other South American Melastomataceae; genus MiconiaCIP
Fabian MichelangeliNew York Botanical Garden (USA)Venezuelan and Guianan MelastomataceaeCIP
Darin PenneysCalifornia Academy of Sciences (USA)Mesoamerican Melastomataceae, BlakeeaeCIP
Susanne RennerBotanische Staatssammlung MünchenAfrican and Asian MelastomataceaeCIP
Carmen UlloaMissouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis (USA)Andean and other South American MelastomataceaeCIP

For participants see also DOODLE

Infos zu DiversityTaxonNames online#

MELnet Data online#

Other Portals with Melastomes Biodiversity Data#

Diversity Workbench Developer Platform #

Literature directly relevant to this workshop#

Triebel, D., Neubacher, D., Weiss, M., Heindl-Tenhunen, B., Nash. T. H. III & Rambold, G. 2010. Integrated biodiversity data networks for lichenology – data flows and challenges. – In Nash, T.H. III, Geiser, L., McCune, B., Triebel, D., Tomescu, A.M.F. & Sanders, W.B. (eds.), Biology of lichens – symbiosis, ecology, environmental monitoring, systematics and cyber applications. – Biblioth. Lichenol. 105: 47–56.