Senckenberg Research

edaphobase_logo GBIF Database on Soil Zoology logo gbif
Information System for Taxonomy, Literature and Ecology
 
     
lumbricidae enchytraeidae Anatonchus_tridentatus oppiella nova neojordensia_levis collembola Chilopoda_Cryptops parisi ommatoiulus sabulosus (L.,1758) Trachelipus_ratzeburgi
                 
                 
– Database contents and structure –
     
At present, edaphobase contains data on Chilopoda, Collembola, Diplopoda, Enchytraeidae, Gamasina, Lumbricidae, Nematoda, and Oribatida, with a focus of distribution on Germany and neighbouring countries, but data from other European countries can be incorporated in the future, as well as data from further soil organism taxa such as Isopoda or Araneae.

The data model used for edaphobase is a combination of a conventional relational model and a modern entity-attribute-value (EAV) concept-based information system, implemented in the database-management system PostgreSQL (see figure below). The information system is highly modularized, and the use of the EAV concept renders the model further flexibility, so that future additions or applications can be programmed without the necessity of major changes in the program code. A desktop client is used for data input and management, while queries and analyses are performed via a web portal; both modules use the same data basis of the edaphobase information system.
     
     
     
edaphobase pursues the following key objectives:
  • To combine collection data based on modern taxonomic thesauri with data on geographical references, ecological indices, soil composition, vegetation, meteorological data, sampling and extraction methods, quantities of collected organisms, methods of determination, preparation techniques and biological data of the species.
  • To allow simple data queries (e.g. distribution maps) as well as more sophisticated analyzes of different data groups with regard to, e. g. geographic distribution preferences and tolerances of individual species in relation to specific niche parameters, or the effects of anthropogenic disturbance.
  • To provide long-term study data for monitoring purposes.
  • To include additional partners in Germany and abroad and to integrate them into the data network.
     
Currently, prognostic tools are developed for evaluation of soil zoological reference values ​​for monitoring programs, or for identification of changes in soil animal communities in response to, e. g., changes in land-use systems and the effects of climate change.
     
     
For more information on the edaphobase
     
User Manual Query Portal   (in German)
Quick Guidance Manual Query Portal   (in English)
User Manual Input Client   (in German)
Informational attributes
Help to edaphobase
Selection lists
     
     
     
System requirements
     
System requirements Edaphobase client
     
  • Operating system that supports Java (eg. Microsoft Windows 2000/Windows Server 2003 or newer, Mac OS X, up-to-date Linux distribution) 32bit/64bit
  • Java (Java 6 or higher) runtime environment (can be supplied for Windows)
  • (Broadband) Internet connection (for connection to server)
     
System Requirements for Edaphobase portal
     
  • Up-to-date internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 10 or newer)
  • (Broadband) Internet connection (for connection to server)
     
     
General information regarding data input
     
  • The display of individual information fields can be (de-)activated according to the specific user's preferences and needs
  • Decimal numbers are written with a "comma" (German mode) or point (English mode)
  • Entry in numerical fields can be as an exact value, mean value, standard deviation, reference, minimum, maximum or text
  • Always give additional comments, changes or interpretations of entered Editor in square brackets
  • For text only: multiple inputs always separated by a semicolon ";"
     
     
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