Documenting Ethnobiology in Mexico and Central America (DEMCA) is a data portal in development for the presentation, exchange and discussion of traditional ecological knowledge, particularly the nomenclature, classification and symbolic and economic use of flora and fauna in Indigenous communities of this region. It will provide users registered as Project Managers or Community Liaisons with a mechanism to upload and share their own materials (textual, photographic, and audio) and to offer these materials for identification and commentary by the DEMCA community of users.

Registered users will be able to search or browse DEMCA's resources through linguistic means (e.g, Indigenous nomenclature, the semantics of plant and animal names), project or community filters, functional uses (e.g, fencing, ointments), collection data (e.g., altitude), and Western nomenclature (e.g, by binomial name, browsing by genus). Eventually users will be able to tag entries, create and store records in personalized databases, and download these sets of linked entries to their computer. Audio recordings of narratives and discussions in Indigenous languages on local flora and fauna will be accessible through continuous or line-by-line playback and the contents will be displayed in transcription and translation (Spanish) formats. Eventually video will be incorporated.

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Development of the DEMCA data portal has been supported by the following programs: National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-up grants, National Science Foundation, Documentation of Endangered Languages Program, National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, and the Endangered Language Documentation Programme. Software is based on Symbiota, data and web design by Civic Actions (for more details on specific awards, see Acknowledgements. Usage Policy. Copyright © 2016.

How to cite: Amith, Jonathan D. and Michael B. Thomas. 2016. Documenting Ethnobiology in Mexico and Central America (DEMCA). Consulted at: (day/month/year accessed)