The International Cichorieae Network – an initiative towards a web-distributed revision of the Cichorieae

In February 2007, the Berlin EDIT WP6 Cichorieae Team launched the initiative for a global network of researchers working on Cichorieae, aiming at a world-wide-web-distributed revision of the tribe Cichorieae (= Lactuceae) of the family Compositae. The project aims at collecting and integrating published data and displaying them in a dynamic monograph: the Cichorieae Systematics Portal. Beyond that it is intended to contribute to an improvement of the way taxonomic research is done world-wide. The Cichorieae Systematics Portal makes full use of the Common Data Model (CDM) Library, a central component of the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy. All taxon pages are created as dynamic webpages from the underlying datastore. It will make the taxonomic work process more efficient by enabling access at one place to the scattered data from protologues and type images to phylogenetic, cytological, palynological and molecular data. The web platform will also benefit those without easy access to libraries and herbaria within larger institutions.