Timeline and Milestones starting from 1993

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LIAS – Actual   back to top

2004-02-01: Reorganisation of the database project on Lichen Checklists, now provided under the name LIAS checklists in an own subdomain.

LIAS – 2003   back to top

The LIAS web performance and functionality was optimized. The global information system has now fundings on the national and international level.

2003-09-15: LIAS has adopted a new layout and modified logo. The web functionality was improved.

2003-07-01: The LIAS Lichen Names project has started as part of GBIF-D mycology.

2003-02-01: The EU project Species 2000 europa was initiated. The Botanische Staatssammlung München with LIAS as proposed GSD for Lichens is one of the 38 European members (WP 4).

LIAS – 2002   back to top

The LIAS main database is transferred to an improved version of DiversityDescriptions. A funding of the LIAS Descriptors Workbench and the LIAS Lichen Names database is granted as part of the umbrella project to establish the German GBIF node for mycology.

2002-10-01: The cooperative project on establishing the German GBIF participant node for mycology at the Botanische Staatssammlung München has started. LIAS is funded within this initiative.

2002-07-15: The German Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) node for mycology will be established at the Botanische Staatssammlung München (see www.gbif-mycology.de). The proposal for the buildup of this structure was evaluated with positive result and will be funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) starting in 2003. In this context LIAS will be extended by adding two new modules.

2002-07-11: The reorganisation of the web server was completed. A new version of DiversityDescriptions was installed.

2002-07-08: The WebCounter registered more than 18,000 foreign visitors of the LIAS entry page for the last 2.5 years.

2002-06-01: The LIAS database Genera of lichenized and lichenicolous Ascomycetes comprised 845 genera.

2002-04-01: Start of the LIAS character database project (see LIAS Descriptors Workbench at ASU). Actually, the contributors are coming from the Universities of Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Tempe and the Botanische Staatssammlung München. The project's aim is to evaluate descriptive characters and create consistent character definitions for ascomycetes following the character - character states and the properties - property states concept.

2002-03-01: The DAP web interface was optimized. A first version of the LIAS interactive key for identification of The species of Erysiphaceae (DAP web interface) was installed. Now, species level data of 12 family subprojects were made accessible for interactive identification via the new version of DAP.

LIAS – 2001   back to top

The LIAS main database was enlarged towards 723, mostly multi-state characters. LIAS received its own domain name. Start of a co-operation between LIAS and other online projects as the Lichen Checklists Project and MYCONET.

2001-12-20: The domain name www.lias.net was adopted.

2001-10-01: Start of a co-operation between LIAS and the Lichen Checklists Project (Herbarium Hamburgense, University of Hamburg) for establishing an online database with lichen checklist data of the world.

2001-09-01: LIAS and Mycology.Net were reorganized as independent projects which, however, closely cooperate. The Email Directory, formerly a feature of LIAS, was included in Mycology.Net. DALI was excluded from LIAS and presented as an independent literature database maintained by the Botanische Staatssammlung München.

2001-07-01: Financial support for further development of the LIAS Internet presence was granted by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst and the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns.

2001-06-01: Adoption of the Diversity Workbench menu system standard.

2001-05-01: A Coldfusion web interface Drawings of Erysiphales (Braun 1987) was installed. It will be linked to the LIAS core database at a later stage. Due to technical problems, DAWI was abandoned.

2001-04-01: The subproject "Lichens of Germany" with species level data and a reduced data set of diagnostically relevant characters started. This date could be regarded as starting point for LIAS light.

2001-01-01: MYCONET notes and RLL Supplement Record Submission Forms were installed as deposits for usage of MYCONET Board members.

LIAS – 2000   back to top

At the end of 2000, LIAS contained more than 2700 data records with descriptive characters of ascomycetes. 1900 of these were data records at species level. More than 50 international scientists co-operated by compiling data and establishing more than 20 LIAS family level subprojects.

2000-09-01: Mycology.Net started as an Internet portal presenting information about the diversity of fungi. LIAS was integrated as a core project.

2000-06-21: The static html-coded email list of mycologists and lichenologists was reorganized as a database and renamed Email Directory of Mycologists and Lichenologists. It allows the online input by users and is now being transferred to the Mycology.Net project. A LIAS Discussion Forum was installed, representing a platform for discussing subjects as to LIAS contents and technical developments.

2000-06-01: For several LIAS family subprojects, the output of Descriptions of Taxa in natural language was made available to public. For most projects, however, this output is still hidden in the section "Personalized Deposits". A further optimized version of DeltaAccess was renamed into DiversityDescriptions. The Instructions for LIAS Participants and the Descriptors Form were revised. For technical reasons, the form with all descriptors was divided up into three parts (LIAS Descriptors Forms A, B, and C (= "Descriptors Form").

2000-04-01: Starting of the LIAS subproject "Erysiphaceae" which is part of the BMBF-funded research project GLOPP.

2000-02-01: Personalized Deposits for storage of data to be accessed via a password were provided, which is of relevance for participants who work on flora projects and monographic treatments and want to avoid prepublication of their data.

2000-01-08: A WebCounter was installed at the homepage of LIAS.

2000-01-01: ColorRange was installed to support a more objective use of colors for descriptions.

LIAS – 1999   back to top

The concept of LIAS was thematically extended towards the inclusion of non-lichenized and non-lichenicolous ascomycetes. In consequence, the LIAS subtitle was changed into "A Global Information System for Lichenized and Non-Lichenized Ascomycetes". Starting in 1999, all LIAS data were stored in a DeltaAccess (actually called "DiversityDescription") database, which at that time included 614, mostly multi-state characters. For each family project, a database subproject with a limited number of characters and states was generated, being dynamically linked to the major database.

1999-06-01: Up to that date, insight into the complete data of a number of LIAS family subprojects was possible by the database generated HTML Data Entry Forms.

1999-03-01: Further optimization of DeltaAccess, e.g., to generate natural language descriptions in HTML (resp. XHTML), and of the web interface DAP. Installation of a prototype version of NaviKey, a web interface for taxon identification using DELTA flat files.

LIAS – 1998   back to top

An advanced version of DeltaAccess was used to generate data entry forms in HTML (resp. XHTML) (see Hagedorn & Rambold 2000). Apart from the two web interfaces DAP and DAWI (both as beta version) taxon subset specific initialization files on the web server for Intkey being used as helper application were installed. In this context the key modules for download and local usage were abandoned. The species databases online were expanded by starting new family subprojects. A first scientific evaluation of diagnostic characters based on the LIAS generic data set was published by Rambold & Hagedorn (1998).

1998-10-01: Installation of taxon subset specific initialization files on the web server for Intkey being used as helper application. First interactive Online Identification of Lichens on Species Level (was possible via the web interfaces DAP and DAWI (both meanwhile being abandoned in favour of NaviKey).

1998-07-01: Insight into the complete contents of the generic data set was provided by database generated HTML Data Entry Forms. For the first time, the data records of every genus were accessible via internet and could be changed or completed in case, errors or shortcomings were found. For updating the data, these checkbox forms can be altered and be posted to the LIAS site by pressing the 'Send item description' button ("remote editing"). The updated version of the genus data will be rechecked before being integrated into the database. Those users who have found shortcomings in a genus, but are not real experts for it, preferably should contact the responsible specialist to be found in the field 'Data set revised by' at the bottom of each checkbox form.

1998-06-01: As a new feature, the web interface DAWI included the option of text character output (http://dbsys.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de/botsamml/lias/liasonline.html) (actually being abandoned in favour of an improved interface). After selection of the 'Show all Items' button, a list of all taxa appeared. For each taxon, the following characters could be checked: type species, family, (Lecanorales) suborder, order, selected literature, notes, reviser of data set.

LIAS – 1997   back to top

For improved data maintenance, LIAS data in DELTA format were imported in the database application DeltaAccess. An interactive online identification of all "Genera of Lichenized and Lichenicolous Ascomycetes" via two web interfaces, DAWI and DAP was presented. In addition, the LIAS modules with species and genus level data for Intkey usage were provided for download.

1997-12-01: The first interactive key for online identification of the "Genera of Lichenized and Lichenicolous Ascomycetes" was provided at: http://dbsys.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de/botsamml/lias/liasonline.html (actually under: NaviKey: Genus Level Data). Data were transferred to the database application DeltaAccess and were connected to the Internet by two different web interfaces DAP (DeltaAccess Perl) and DAWI (DeltaAccess Web Interface).

1997-11-01: Log files of the WWW server indicated several hundred of accessions and downloads of LIAS key modules at: http://www.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de/botsamml/lias/modules.html occurred between 1996 and 1997 (download page abandoned in favour of interfaces for online identification).

1997-06-01: New LIAS key modules for species and genus data were provided for download and local usage with Intkey: Arthonia – subset Taxa with red pigments, Bunodophoron, Carbonea, Cladonia s. l. – subset Queen Charlotte Islands, Dimelaena, Lecidea – subset Europe; Genera of Lichenized and Lichenicolous Ascomycetes – subset Genera with foliicolous taxa (download page abandonned in favour of interfaces for online identification).

LIAS – 1996   back to top

A first set of LIAS key modules for download and local usage with Intkey was provided (Rambold 1997). The "Genera of lichenized and lichenicolous Ascomycetes" database comprised about 780 data records (Rambold & Triebel 1995, ongoing). Each taxon was coded by about 90 characters with up to 45 character states. A subset was offered in the Internet as a key module for download.

1996-09-08: New instructions how to contribute with data for interactive species key modules were given on http://www.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de/botsamml/lias/modules.html (meanwhile replaced by Instructions for LIAS participants).

1996-07-22: A beta version of the key module "Lichen Genera of Germany", a subset of the "Genera of Lichenized and Lichenicolous Ascomycetes" data set, was made available.

1996-06-10: A first set of LIAS key modules with species level data was provided for download and local usage with the CSIRO DELTA program Intkey: Biatora – subset Europe, Diploschistes, Epigloea, Megalospora, Miriquidica, Phaeophyscia, Rimularia, Tephromela, Vulpicida (download page abandoned in favour of interfaces for online identification). Technical support was offered to colleagues who wish to contribute by additional data or interactive keys. At that time, about 55% of the about 780 data records of the still unpublished interactive generic key were revised by experts. A first version of the reference character list was provided.

LIAS – 1995   back to top

The DELTA-based LIAS database grew by the continuous entry of descriptive species and genus level data of lichenized and lichenicolous Ascomycetes. The project name was changed into "LIAS, a Delta-based data storage and identification system for lichenized and lichenicolous Ascomycetes" (Rambold 1996). A set of web pages dedicated to the project was published in the Internet.

1995-09-15: The LIAS genus database output (generic descriptions in natural language) was used as an information source for the participants of the Sonoran Desert lichen project.

1995-03-06: The first HTML pages with information on the LIAS project were put in the Internet, including the LIAS Image Archive, Notes on Genera and an email list of lichenologists. At that time, the LIAS hypertext environment with Intkey-based database system existed for local installation only.

LIAS – 1994   back to top

Emendation of the LIAS database and continuation of the data coding in DELTA to establish a complete genus key for lichenized and lichenicolous ascomycetes. Integration of Intkey to query the data in a hypertext environment under DOS with the objective of distributing the LIAS hypertext environment and database system on CD-ROM.

LIAS – 1993   back to top

The project "Information and data storage system for lichenized and lichenicolous ascomycetes" (LIAS) was started. On a PC, descriptive data of lichen genera were coded in the DELTA format and compiled with the DOS version of Confor, a program of the CSIRO DELTA package, to generate a genus key of lichenized and lichenicolous ascomycetes for usage with the program Intkey (also part of the CSIRO DELTA package). Financial support was granted by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).