MaNIS Portals
The Mammal Networked Information System

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The MaNIS network provides access to mammal specimen records from a variety of museum collection databases via several equivalent portals (see the MaNIS Network Architecture diagram, below). A portal presents web pages from which a user can send requests for data and visualize the results. Requests for data pass through provider software installed on computers at the participating institutions. Individual institutions determine which data are made accessible to the public and format their data to agree with the community-determined standard (in this case the Darwin Core). Depending on their individual requirements, institutions may serve data to the public directly from their working collection databases, or they may serve data via a separate public database to which data are periodically migrated. These public databases may be within the same institutions (local snapshot), or they may be hosted at a collaborating institution (hosted snapshot). By participating in MaNIS, institutions also provide data via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

MaNIS Portal at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) -- 2013-10-16 - Down for maintenance

NOTE: the CLASSIC MaNIS PORTAL is undergoing maintenance. Please try the new VertNet Beta Portal. The VertNet portal includes 32 institutions, representing over 2 million transitioned Mammalia specimen, observation and fossil records, with more data sets on the way. Use the Advanced Search to further filter the data.

Network Architecture

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John Wieczorek, 13 June 2003
Rev. 16 Oct 2013, LAR
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