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About Scientific Publications on this Site

One hundred and sixty publications were selected for inclusion in the project including all 120 publications of the American Museum of Natural History based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 publications of the British Museum on Congo ants by Barry Bolton, 11 publications on African ants of the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 publications of the IUCN (the World Conservation Union) relating to the Congo.

Each of the publications was manually keyed and marked up using a small subset of the TEI lite XML DTD. The marked up texts were added to an Oracle database using Oracle's interMedia Text module. In the first version of the interface to the scientific publications, only the tags for heads and page breaks are indexed separately from the full text. Users can search either the full text or they can limit their search to the heads (the text that was centered and boldface in the original documents). Future plans call for developing tags specific to taxonomic literature.

Archival images of the pages of the publications were created at 600 dpi for bitonal page images and 400 dpi grayscale for pages containing halftones or line art. A search on the keyed and marked text produces a page image as the result. The marked text itself is not displayed.

The keying, markup and image scanning were done by Saztec International, Inc.

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