Names are the key to
information about flies. With a name one can search the WWW, gophers,
abstract services (BIOSIS, Zoological Record) and printed literature. ALL
data about organisms are tagged with scientific names. To find out
whether one has an appropriate scientific name and to get basic
information associated with that name, one needs to access a catalog or
database. Access here is provided to the BioSystematic
Database of World Diptera (BDWD).
We are very grateful to our sponsors, which include
the National Museum of Natural
History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Systematic Entomology Laboratory
of the United States Department of Agriculture. The National Science Foundation is funding the Fly-Tree
(ATOL) project. Our special thanks are due to the Global Biodiversity
Information Facility (GBIF) and the
Schlinger Foundation for providing the funds for a postdoctoral
fellowship for the BDWD.