Lifemapper data and tools are used to model, analyze and visualize species distributions and biodiversity. Scientists may then easily archive the data, tools and metadata used in their experiments in a public repository, thus enabling repeatable science. As DataONE, an extensive NSF-funded scientific data infrastructure project, comes online, Lifemapper will support publication of data and experiments to that system.
The Lifemapper infrastructure is streamlined and invisible, using standard formats and web service protocols to simplify integration with other projects and applications. These well-defined and accepted services allow independent applications and researchers to modify and re-execute experiments to answer new questions.
Lifemapper web services can be accessed programmatically with or without our downloadable client library, through our website, or, most conveniently, through a plug-in written for QuantumGIS a user-friendly, multi-platform, free and open-source Geographic Information System (GIS). The QGIS plug-in is the first of several Lifemapper client integrations. When installed with GRASS GIS it has all the power of expensive, proprietary GIS software packages.
Lifemapper tools not only support scientists who study species distribution and range and diversity modeling, but have been an essential part of collaborative projects with the University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, Universidade Federal de Goias, Brazil, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Idaho, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California at Berkeley, University of Central Florida, and NASA.