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Biodiversity & Ecology

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The West African Vegetation Database

Marco Schmidt*, Thomas Janßen, Stefan Dressler, Karen Hahn, Mipro Hien, Souleymane Konaté, Anne Mette Lykke, Ali Mahamane, Bienvenu Sambou, Brice Sinsin, Adjima Thiombiano, Rüdiger Wittig & Georg Zizka

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00065

*Corresponding author contact: marco.schmidt@senckenberg.de

Biodiversity & Ecology  (Biodivers. Ecol.)

Special Volume: Vegetation databases for the 21st century,
edited by Jürgen Dengler, Jens Oldeland, Florian Jansen, Milan Chytrý, Jörg Ewald, Manfred Finckh, Falko Glöckler, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Robert K. Peet & Joop H.J. Schaminée
Volume 4, pages 105–110, Sep 12
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Keywords: data management; dendrometry; dry forest; Guinea Zone; intellectual property right; phytosociology; Sahel Zone; savanna; Sudan Zone; tree measurements; West Africa.


Abstract: The West African Vegetation Database (http://www.westafricanvegetation.org; GIVD ID AF-00-001) is an online database that has been designed to securely store, edit and manage phytosociological and dendrometrical relevés from West Africa to provide data for research projects dealing with, but not limited to, plant communities, biogeography, population structure, and vegetation dynamics. An integrated access management system allows data owners to keep data private, to grant selected users access or to make data sets available to the general public. Data entry is possible online or in a local offline database that can be synchronized with the online database. The database allows the calculation of biodiversity indices and has several export options.

Suggested citation:
Schmidt, M., Janßen, T., Dressler, S., Hahn, K., Konaté, M., Lykke, A.M., Mahamane, A., Sambou, B., Sinsin, B., Thiombiano, A., Wittig, R., Zizka, G. (2012): The West African Vegetation Database. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 105–110. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00065.