It turns out I am not alone in keeping tabs on Drupal modules for biodiversity informatics projects. At a recent EDIT meeting I spoke with Kehan Harman from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kehan has been keeping a blog devoted to this topic for some time, and has a list that is much more extensive than mine.
EDIT is an EU funded Network of Excellence program with the goal of reducing the fragmentation of biological taxonomic research and coordinating an effort to facilitate taxonomic research using the World Wide Web. Within EDIT there has been much discussion about this can be achieved and I want to explain what my NHM colleagues and I have been doing as part of this project.
Some time ago I blogged about the concept of mySpecies - a space for biological taxonomists to work on the web. The idea was inspired by Rod Page's work on iSpecies and even led me to purchase several mySpecies domain names back in August 2006.
Barcodes in their various guises are simple technologies that have had a profound impact on inventory management in many industries. However, they have seen little use by biological taxonomists outside a few niche areas. What has been lacking is a simple way to generate and read these codes without costly barcode printers and scanning technology. Today I stumbled across a system that could solve all this - and a few other problems.