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Fallopia japonica, Japanese Knotweed
Photograph by John Pickering, 24 September, 2003,
For the first time in history, the Web enables us to help each other on a global scale. Discover Life <http://www.discoverlife.org> provides Web tools for users to gather and share information in order to improve education, health, agriculture, economic development, and conservation throughout the world. Students, land managers, and scientists alike can identify species, map distributions, and database information to study and monitor nature.
Since it was started in 1997 to support the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory of the Great Smokies, Discover Life has grown steadily. In now serves over 650,000 pages and images a month from five Sun servers at the University of Georgia, USA, and one Linux server at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. In 2003, Discover Life received a large equipment gift from Sun Microsystems Inc. that will expand its capabilities with larger storage disks and 10 processors at the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.
Discover Life's Global Mapper <http://pick4.pick.uga.edu/mp/20m> was developed in partnership with Topozone.com. This tool plots points from Web databases on a composite satellite image of the globe. It then allows users to zoom in through various layers to see detailed maps and access data records. Currently its base maps include a 1:1,000,000 scale map of the world, 17 million topo maps of the United States, and aerial photographs of 89% of the United States to 1 meter per pixel resolution. In total, approximately 20 terabytes of data reside on Topozone's servers and are used by the Global Mapper.
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