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STATUS: This page is outdated and of historical use only.

DIGIR is a protocol for single point access to distributed data sources. Based on HTTP, XML, and UDDI. DIGIR is being replaced by TAPIR.

“DiGIR is a protocol and a set of tools for linking a community of independent databases into a single, searchable “virtual” collection. The DiGIR protocol was developed by BRC Informatics in collaboration with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences. DiGIR is currently a public open source project with an international team of contributers, including Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA), Brazil….”

- First implemented in MaNIS (Mammal Networked Information System)

- Now also integrated in:

  • GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)
  • OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System)
  • ORNIS (ORNithological Information System)
  • HerpNET (collaborative effort by natural history museums to establish a global network of herpetological collections data),
  • FISHNET2 (a "distributed information system" that … link together the specimen records of museums and other institutions in a seamless information-retrieval system.)
  • AVH (Australian Virtual Herbarium – “an on-line botanical information resource accessible via the web. It provides immediate access to the wealth of data associated with scientific plant specimens in each Australian herbarium.”)