For those managing large databases it is time consuming, and requires access to specialist knowledge and literature, to ensure that plant names and their synonyms are entered correctly. Maintenance of such data incurs regular costs.
The data download service is aimed primarily at database managers in research, health and industry who wish to avoid the costs and errors inherent in entering, validating and maintaining name data locally.
The service will allow them to import reference data sets (plant names, synonyms and other data from the MPNS resource) of use to them and to use the data in their own databases. Periodic updates will be available.
Organisations building their own information systems might download relevant subsets of the MPNS resource for their own use and refresh the plant names at agreed frequencies.
Kew is currently a major supplier of name data to global biodiversity organisations (‘Global Biodiversity Information Facility’, ‘Catalogue of Life’ and ‘Encyclopedia of Life’) and will continue to supply such bodies.
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