Links to Inventory and Monitoring Protocols, Data Collection and Software for Ecological Assessment

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WI DNR Rare Plant Field Report

Wisconsin Floristic Quality Assessment (WFQA) method

BLM manual "Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations"

Habitat Monitoring: An Approach for Reporting Status and Trends For State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies

How Should Landowners Evaluate Their Prairies

Stewardship of Land: An Investigation into the State of the Art

Chicago Botanic Garden Plants of Concern Forms

Surveying Advice Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (England)

Sources of Survey Methods Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (England)

NatureServe Natural Heritage Methodology

NatureServe Element Occurrence Data Standard

NatureServe Biotics 4.1 Data Dictionary V2.0

Landscope - a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society—is a new online resource for the land-protection community and the public.

Plant Stewardship Index - The Plant Stewardship Index is a standardized assessment tool from that calculates a numerical index reflecting the quality of native plant communities for a given area.

US Forest Service Resource Information Group

US Forest Service Master List of Inventory and Monitoring Protocols

US Forest Service NRM NRIS Field Sampled Vegetation (FSVeg)

California Native Plant Society Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants


The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) is a national network intended to facilitate ecological and environmental research on biocomplexity. For scientists, the KNB is an efficient way to discover, access, interpret, integrate and analyze complex ecological data from a highly-distributed set of field stations, laboratories, research sites, and individual researchers.

Ecological Metadata Language (EML) is a metadata specification developed by the ecology discipline and for the ecology discipline. It is based on prior work done by the Ecological Society of America and associated efforts (Michener et al., 1997, Ecological Applications). EML is implemented as a series of XML document types that can by used in a modular and extensible manner to document ecological data. Each EML module is designed to describe one logical part of the total metadata that should be included with any ecological dataset. is an open, voluntary collaboration of developers and researchers that aims to produce software, systems, publications, and services that are beneficial to the ecological and environmental sciences.

The Ecoinformatics Collaboratory, part of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont is committed to unifying the science and management of the natural and human environment in a new synthesis inspired by the latest developments of information technology.

The Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge (SEEK) is a five year initiative designed to create cyberinfrastructure for ecological, environmental, and biodiversity research and to educate the ecological community about ecoinformatics.

The Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab based in Berkeley, CA, is a non-profit interdisciplinary research institute founded in 2004 to promote awareness of ecological interdependence through research, development and education related to ecoinformatics and computational ecology.