Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A Data Portal Built to Visualize, Manipulate, and Export Species Occurrences
The Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN) grew from the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network TCN (Thematic Collections Network), which focuses on ground-dwelling arthropods. SCAN will continue to add data for all arthropod taxa with a focus on North America. SCAN is built on Symbiota, a web-based collections database system that is used for other taxonomic data portals, including (Symbiota Portals). SCAN is the primary repository for occurrence data produced by the Lepidoptera of North America Network TCN (LepNet). We also serve arthropod data produced by InvertEBAse TCN and encourage museums to serve mollusk records on their data portal.
Important features of all Symbiota databases include:
The key organizational feature is that each museum or project is listed as a separate collection, so that one database group does not interfere with another. End users can select all "collections", or just a subset. This website is the central data portal for SCAN; all other project information can be found here, including How-To-Guides and network updates.
SCAN currently serves over 7.3 million records and 400,000 images.
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award EF 1207371