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In many parts of the world there is a need for marine monitoring and biodiversity studies which cannot be met due to a lack of good taxonomic information. This is particularly pressing in countries undergoing rapid economic development. World-wide shortages in trained taxonomists coupled
to the length of time taken to publish taxonomic information by the traditional publication process combine to form a bottleneck which limits the rate at which new species are described. To free this bottleneck and so facilitate applied biodiversity studies we propose an Internet-based system
for the exchange of expert-guided taxonomic data. A pilot project carried out in Thailand supported by the UK Darwin Initiative suggests that, while the project is technically feasible, it needs the regular input from an active user group engaged in ecological study for it to work well.
The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.