New Gopher Server

David Bridge, MSC VAX System Manager (DAVID@SIMSC.SI.EDU)
Mon, 1 Nov 1993 20:41:18 -0500

This information was posted to the TAXACOM list last week, 29-OCT-1993,
by Ellen Farr. I think that this is a very important step forward for
museums. Major collections are NOW being made available over the 'net'.
I'm cross posting this note for the benefit of other interested people.
David Bridge
New Gopher Server

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural
History is pleased to announce the Smithsonian Natural
History Gopher Server. With over 120 million collections
and 135 professional scientists, the National Museum of
Natural History is one of the world's largest museums
devoted to natural history and anthropology. This server
will provide access to data associated with the collections,
and information and tools for the study of the natural

Initial offerings on the server are from the Departments of
Botany and Vertebrate Zoology and the Laboratory of Molecular
Systematics. Other departments will be joining this server shortly.

The Department of Botany menu includes the Type Specimen
Register for the US National Herbarium (88,000 records), an
index to the historical collections represented in the US
National Herbarium (1600 records as of 1965), recent issues
of the Biological Conservation Newsletter and the American
Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Newsletter, a biological
conservation bibliography (over 6000 records), and a copy of
the "Checklist of the Plants of the Guianas."

The Department of Vertebrate Zoology is making a checklist of the
mammal species of the world available. The checklist contains
the names of 4,629 currently recognized species arranged
in a taxonomic hierarchy. The information is abstracted from
Mammal Species of the World (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993).

The Smithsonian's Laboratory of Molecular Systematics is
providing an FTP server to the PAUP (Phylogenetic Analysis
Using Parsimony) program and related software for
phylogenetic analysis. This can be accessed from the
Laboratory of Molecular Systematics menu on the Smithsonian
Natural History Gopher.

The Server's Name:
Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Gopher

The Hostname: currently at

The Port Number: 70

For further information contact:

Don Gourley, Gopher Administrator,
Ellen Farr, Department of Botany,

Ellen Farr, Smithsonian Institution