This site was created as part of a project to make nine volumes of the Flora
and Fauna of New Zealand series available to the public via the Internet. The
aim of the project was to improve access and awareness to the Series by making
priority volumes available, in a searchable form, on the Internet. The volumes
included in this project were Flora of New Zealand volumes 1 to 5 and Fauna of
New Zealand numbers 11, 21, 40 and 43.
The project involved creating complete electronic versions of the printed
text by converting existing electronic copies, rekeying the text or using
optical character recognition; editing the text to ensure consistency with the
printed text; converting the electronic version to XML; cross-linking the XML
version (e.g., to enable navigation within the text); and presenting the XML on
the internet. XML was used to capture as much of the structure of the volumes as
possible, and to facilitate searching of the text.
The electronic version is divided into two major sections: a header section
and the body of the text.
The header section describes the creation of the electronic file. The body of
the text contains the entire text of the printed version. The body of the text
is subdivided into a number of sections representing the major structure of the
book (e.g., Table of contents, Preface, Acknowledgements, Taxon entries). Within
each section the text was further subdivided according to a custom schema.
The electronic versions are not intended to replace the printed
Zealand Fauna Series. The aim of the electronic versions is to increase
awareness and improve access to this information by making them available via
the Internet, and to add value by linking them with other online resources such
as Ngā Aitanga Tuarā-kore a Tāne -
New Zealand Terrestrial
and Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa -
New Zealand Plants
In creating the electronic version we have attempted to accurately reproduce
the content of the printed volume. While the content of this volume is wholly
the responsibility of the authors of each volume, the layout and
style of the content has been altered to accommodate the change from a printed
text to electronic delivery via the Internet.
No additional material or interpretation was added to the body of the text.
Editorial notes and additional information are restricted to the header section.
This project was funded by the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity
Information Systems (TFBIS) Programme.