Species databases and the bioinformatics revolution
Biological databases are having a growth spurt. Much of this results from research in
genetics and biodiversity, coupled with fast-paced developments in information technology.
The revolution in bioinformatics, can be defined as the 'tools and
techniques for storing, handling, and communicating the massive and ever-increasing
amounts of biological data emerging principally from genomics research,' has given
biodiversity databases a boost. Species research and museum collections are going online. Groups are striving for "interoperability," the ability to share data from sources with different formats.