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ActKey: a Web-based interactive identification key program

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Abstract:

Interactive keys are useful multiple-entry identification tools for science. A web-based program called ActKey (URL: http://flora.huh.harvard.edu:8080/actkey/) was developed to enable online, ready-access to interactive identification keys. A number of keys have been imported into a centralized, relational database, and are now available for the floras of China, North America, Madagascar, Borneo, and the world. Plants from more than 40 of the largest genera of China can be identified using ActKey. Datasets containing taxa and their characters can be imported from a variety of database formats and updated by taxonomic specialists and editors.

Keywords: ACTKEY; COMPUTER-ASSISTED IDENTIFICATION; FLORA OF CHINA; INTERACTIVE KEY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Missouri Botanical Garden, c/o Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, U.S.A. 2: Saint Louis University, DuBourg Hall, Room 345, 221 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103 U.S.A.

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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