Title: Species databases and the bioinformatics revolution
Author: Hale SS.
Publication Date: 2001

Abstract: 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.