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KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFE Invasive Species Compendium Instruction Manual A self-teaching and reference tool 1. Project background, introduction, simple searches and datasheets Created in support of Invasive Species Compendium outreach activities supported by European Commission Directorate-General for Environment; Thematic Programme for Environment and sustainable management of Natural Resources including Energy
This manual was produced as part of EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL ENVIRONMENT Contribution Agreement N° /2011/609860/SUB/B2: "Updating, maintaining and enhancing the Invasive Species Compendium" Cover Picture: Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth). Copyright Colin Wilson Raoiella indica (red palm mite), copyright: USDA-ARS
The aims of this manual are to: ● Introduce the Invasive Species Compendium ● Summarize the main sources of information available on the Compendium ● Demonstrate a simple search using the home page search engine ● Give a tour around an Invasive Species datasheet ● Demonstrate the datasheet ‘Report’ function ● Show some of the other types of datasheets
In the beginning…
The Invasive Species Compendium Global Development Consortium
Coverage of the Compendium 35% Plants 30% plant and environmental pests (terrestrial) 15% aquatic animals 15% animal pathogens 5% terrestrial vertebrates Coverage by taxon at beta launch…
Data components Library Docs Basic Datasheets Full Datasheets
Data components Glossary Full text articles Abstracts records
Compendium Home Page 1. Site search box and search results tabs 2.b. Browse datasheets by taxonomic tree 3. Refined searches and links to further resources 2.a. Product information and training tools
A simple search… ‘water hyacinth’ Tabs showing search ‘hits’ in different data components
… a little more on search results… Results sorting and printing options
Invasive Species Datasheet cover page Tabs to further texts and tables classified by subject headings
Datasheet illustrations To copy a picture, right- mouse-button click the image and select ‘Copy’ Image details are not copied Click on thumbnail Copyright holder
Datasheet distribution maps 1. Click on region to enlarge, e.g. Africa 2. Hover over a dot for an occurrence statement 3. Click on dot for country occurrence reference
Downloading a KML file
Distribution of Eichhornia crassipes displayed in Google Earth
Tabular distribution data in the datasheet
Other datasheet texts and tables
… datasheet texts and tables… useful lists and links
External linkage from datasheets Click on the References tab to find tables of links to relevant websites and contact details of relevant organizations
Datasheet report function This left hand box contains all the sections available within this datasheet Use these arrows to adjust the order of sections in the Report that you are building Use these arrows to move selected sections to and from the Report selection box on the right hand side These buttons select All the content of a datasheet to be included in a Report Use these buttons to remove unwanted sections from the Report Click here to generate a Report This right hand box is used to list the sections that you want printed in your Report
Sample report using ‘All Sections’
The most detailed Distribution Table can only be obtained using the Report function
Other datasheet types… Habitat Datasheet e.g., benthic zone Pest Datasheet e.g., Bactrocera invadens Documented Species Datasheet e.g., ide (Leuciscus idus) Animal Disease Datasheet e.g., Rift Valley fever
Other datasheet types… Country Datasheet e.g., Uganda Basic Datasheet e.g., Erysiphe alphitoides Pathway Datasheet e.g., animal production (pathway cause)
Self-test activities 1.Find the Invasive Species datasheet on Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Panama disease of banana) 2.Create a datasheet report giving information on ‘Hosts/species affected’, ‘Symptoms’ and ‘Impacts’ 3.Copy and paste this information into a word processor document and illustrate it with a selection of three of four images.
Self-test activities 4.Return to the on-line datasheet on Panama disease find out whether it has a ‘natural enemy’. 5.If the pathogen does have a natural enemy add the species name to your report and include a list of other hosts of that natural enemy.
Self-test activities 6.Expand the distribution map for Panama disease. 7.Download a KML file to your hard drive. 8.If you do not yet have it on your computer, download Google Earth from 9.Once you have installed Google Earth, double click on your KML file showing distribution of Panama disease. The file should open in Google Earth to demonstrate the distribution.
Self-test activities 10.Download a climate map overlay for Google Earth from 11.Open this overlay in Google Earth and impose the distribution of Panama disease on top. 12.Explore other datasheet types; try to find examples of Animal Disease, Habitat, Pathway and Country datasheets.
After using this first training manual on the Invasive Species Compendium you should be able to… Use the simple Home Page search function to select datasheets Explore datasheets with confidence Create datasheet reports, selecting information required Download and use distribution data in KML and CSV formats Find links from datasheets to other appropriate sources of information within and external to the Compendium Investigate other datasheet types that may be of interest to you
KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFE This manual was produced as part of EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL ENVIRONMENT Contribution Agreement N° /2011/609860/SUB/B2: "Updating, maintaining and enhancing the Invasive Species Compendium"