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5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium

9-14 September 2001, SYDNEY, Australia

Bioinformatics Mini-symposium
a symposium on bioinformatics of the Malesian region


Barry Conn (
Jim Croft (

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Conference and Symposium: Royal Botanic Gardens, SYDNEY, Australia
Associated workshops: Tropical Forest Research Centre, ATHERTON, North Queensland, Australia
Preconference tour: starting CAIRNS, North Queensland, Australia

Introduction and organization

A mini-symposium on biodiversity informatics in the Malesian region is being run as part of the 5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium in Sydney, 9 - 14 September 2001.

This mini-symposium will focus on digital information management of the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, phytogeography and conservation patterns of plants of the Malesian region. Presentations will be in the form of presented papers and/or poster displays. This mini-symposium will provide overview presentations on the benefits of comtemporary computer technology to the management of data and information for the flora of the Malesian region.

The Biodiversity Mini-symposium will be programmed and run to fit in with and be a part of the main Flora Malesiana Symposium.

Tentative program

The following tentative program is based on preliminary indications from the coordinating committee concerned. Understandably attendance and titles are not final yet, and other committments and funding problems may prevent some people from attending. Nevertheless we will attempt to keep this web version of the program as up to date as possible. Any changes to the program and the attendee list will be made on this web version first before being printed and distributed by other means.

Name Country Activity Status Topic Additional information
Monday afternoon - Flora Malesiana Website
Workshop and discussion
    Workshop   Flora Malesiana website
Thursday - Bioinformatics mini-symposium
Bioinformatics and the Flora Malesiana
Jim Croft Australia Chair   Welcome, introduction
Barry Conn Australia Keynote speaker   Standards
Reed Beeman Australia Keynote Speaker   Biogeomatics
Bill Barker Australia Keynote Speaker   Australia's Virtual Herbarium
Kevin Thiele ? Australia Keynote Speaker   XML and descriptive data
Morning Tea
Databasing and Interactive Keys
  Papua New Guinea     Web-based databasing
  Indonesia     IBIS (Indonesia)
        Specimen / taxon imaging
Trevor Whiffin Australia     Interactive Keys
Ken Hill / Kevin Thiele Australia     On-line Interactive Keys
Lunch - Demonstrations
Afternoon Tea - Discussion
        Concluding discussions

Field Trips

Pre- and mid-conference field trips and excursions are being organized.

Organizers and Sponsors

The 5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium is being organized by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and the Centre for Plant Plant Biodiversity Research and Australian National Herbarium, Canberra, on behalf of the Flora Malesiana Foundation, Leiden.

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