Sources of information --
Discover Life has the means to process checklists from various sources,
whether published or unpublished, online or not. Because lists of species are
not protected under U.S. copyright, we can legally present them online, even
when we may not present the original copyrighted documents without permission.
We have the technical means and experience to process rapidly and accurately information
from various digital and non-digital media, including many file types (notably pdf, html, xml, csv, doc, and txt formats),
scanned images (e.g., jpg, tif and png formats), spreadsheets and databases (e.g., Excel), and paper copy reports.
Standardizing species names
Discover Life's existing tools provide us a rapid means to extract, check, and standardize scientific names from various
They use Discover Life's existing authority files to over 1.3 million recognized species
and the distributional information that we have on more than 700,000.
We are collect information on all species, in order to compare communities across sites and monitor
disturbance, we are particularly interested in completing checklists for the following groups:
vertebrates, vascular plants, moths and butterflies, bees, ants, aquatic insects, and mollusks.
Please contact us if you would like to help.