(Biodiversity/Environmental Information Resources e-Library)
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Abstract - A brief outline of the
document summarizing the study topic, approach, highlights
and key findings. If an abstract is available for a document,
a checkmark appears under the Abstract column on your Search
Results page. Clicking on the checkmark opens the abstract
immediately below the title. Clicking the checkmark again
closes it. See Catalogue Help for access and printing instructions.
Author - the primary person responsible
for writing a report. Also see Contributing Author.
Note that an EIRS advanced search for a particular author
searches both the Primary Author and the Contributing
Biodiversity - The term Biodiversity is often defined as the variety of all living things, the ecosystems in which they live and the ways they interact with each other - continually adapting in order to survive under constantly changing conditions. In the context of the
EIRS application, Biodiversity refers to the biodiversity component of the EIRS application, managed by the B.C. Ministry
of Environment Knowledge Management Branch, and to
the topic area itself. EIRS Biodiversity can be accessed at
the following URL: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/eirs/bdp/index.html
. Please refer to the home page description for further details
of documents included there.
Blue List - List of ecological communities,
and indigenous species and subspecies of special concern (formerly
vulnerable) in British
Conservation - Preservation, especially
of the natural environment.
- one or more authors
who provided significant input into the development of a report.
Also see Author. Note that an EIRS advanced
search for a particular author searches both the primary Author
and the Contributing Author fields. However, only
the primary Author appears in the search results.
Crown Publications - is an authorized distributor
licensed to sell selected B.C. ministry publications, and
is also an authorized agent for the sale of Canadian Federal
Government Publications. If a publications is available for
purchase through this vendor, a $ icon is shown in the EIRS
Search Results. Clicking the icon automatically generates
an email to this vendor requesting purchasing details. There
is also a direct link to their site on the EIRS home page.
Also see Vendor and $ Icon.
Document ID - is a system-generated
number uniquely identifying each document. This number is
used only by application programmers and administrators.
Ecocat - A BC Ministry of Environment
e-Library application currently used to catalogue a variety
of geographically-referenced scientific and technical information
such as groundwater wells, lakes information, etc. This application
can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/ecocat/
Please refer to the home page description for further
detail on documents included there.
Ecosystem - An ecosystem is
a dynamic complex of plant, animal, and microorganism communities
and the nonliving environment interacting as a functional
unit. Ecosystems vary enormously in size: a temporary pond
in a tree hollow and an ocean basin can both be ecosystems
(definition taken from Millenium Ecosystem Assessment 2003)
Ecosystem at Risk - An extirpated, endangered
or threatened ecosystem or an ecosystem of special concern
(formerly called vulnerable).
EIRS - Environmental Information
Resources System. A B.C. Ministry of Environment application
© 2006, used to catalogue scientific and technical publications
related to natural resources, relevant to Environmental Protection
E-Library - a collection of documents available electronically.
Endangered - Facing imminent extirpation
- In the context of the EIRS application, this refers to both the
BC Ministry of Environment Branch responsible for maintaining
the Environmental Protection component of the EIRS application
and to the topic area itself. The EIRS Environmental Protection
e-library can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/eirs/epd/index.html
Please refer to the home page description for further details
of documents included there.
ESD - Environmental Stewardship
Division, B.C. Ministry of Environment
Export Results - Convert search results
into a convenient form for further sorting or ongoing use.
Users can export to a tab-separated value ("Export to
TSV") format for use in applications like Microsoft Word
Document or a comma-separated value ("Export to CSV")
for use in applications like Microsoft Excel.
Extinct – Species that no longer exist.
Extirpated - Taxa or ecological communities (ecosystems/habitats)
that no longer exist in the wild in British Columbia, but do occur elsewhere.
Hardcopy - If the checkmark icon is displayed, it indicates the document is available for purchase (hard copy or CD). Clicking on the checkmark icon will generate an email message to the appropriate vendor, providing sufficient information to identify the document desired.
Identified Wildlife - Species at risk in British Columbia that have been designated by the Chief Forester and Deputy Minister (Ministry of Environment) as requiring special management attention during forest and range operational planning or higher level planning. While there are currently there are no ecological communities designated as identified wildlife, they may be added in the future.
ISBN - (International Standard Book Numbers)
A coding system that identifies a book for purposes of commerce
and supply chains. It is either a 10-digit or 13-digit number.
13-digit ISBN's start with either 978 or 979, and the 9 digits
that follow correspond to the first 9 digits of a 10-digit
ISBN. The first number or numbers of a 10 digit ISBN identifies
the country that issued the publishers prefix; this number
is followed by a dash and the publisher prefix. This code
is shown in EIRS if known.
ISSN - ( International Standard Serial
Number): Used since the 1970's, this is a universally accepted
eight-digit number that identifies periodical publications
as such, including electronic
serials . This code is shown in EIRS if known.
Keywords - words or phrases (enclosed in
"") that EIRS uses to search the e-library for documents
of interest. EIRS allows users to select "all of the words"
or "any of the words" selected to narrow or broaden search
results. In the advanced search, users can also specify "without
the words", and specify detail in other fields (e.g. author,
title, year, species name, other identifier, report number)
to further limit the search.
Ministry Library - The Ministry library
houses documents produced by, for or about the Ministries
of Environment and Forestry, and related subject matter in
both hard copy and electronic form. http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/
Multi-page icon - Seen in the results
view, the multi-page icon indicates that the document is made
up of multiple parts for download purposes, often required
for large documents. The icon links you to a "document
details" page, showing the component parts of the document,
and making the individual component documents available for
download. E.g., large documents may be broken in 5MB (or smaller)
portions, or large appendices such as maps may be available
as a separate download file. See also Single-Page Icon.
NatureServe - An
organization dedicated to providing reliable information on
species and ecological communities for use in conservation
and land use planning. NatureServe is an independent non-profit
organization created in collaboration with the Network
of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centres
and The Nature Conservancy (U.S.).
Other Identifier - can be used to search
for any documents using additional information attached to
the document by an administrator.
PDF - Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format)
files look exactly like original documents and preserve source
file information - text, drawings, 3D, full-color graphics,
photos, and even business logic - regardless of the application
used to create them. (Adobe 2006)
Primary Author - please see Author
Public - Allows access to electronically
available, published documents produced by, for or about the
BC Ministry of Environment. Public users have access to the
basic search and advanced search functions of the e-library
application. Microsoft Internet Explorer v4.x or above, or
Netscape version 4.x and above is required.
Queen's Printer - now part of Crown Publications, is an authorized distributor
of B.C. government publications. If a publications is available
for purchase, a checkmark icon is shown in the EIRS Search Results.
Clicking the icon automatically generates an email to this
vendor requesting purchase details. There is also a direct
link to their site on the EIRS home page. Also see Vendor
and checkmark Icon.
Red List - List of ecological communities,
and indigenous species and subspecies that are extirpated,
endangered or threatened in British
Columbia. Red listed species and sub-species have- or are
candidates for- official Extirpated, Endangered or Threatened
Status in BC. Not all Red-listed taxa will necessarily become
formally designated. Placing taxa on these lists flags them
as being at risk and requiring investigation.
Report Number - is an alphanumeric
field used to indicate a document is part of a series, and
may also be used to link to a paper filing system. As an example,
'wr10' refers to the wildlife working report number 10. Another
example is 'EP-ALCA-1988-002' - Skeena region's filing number
scheme indicating that the document relates to Environment
Protection, their ALCAN client, is dated 1988, and numbered
002 in their filing system for that client and year. The format
of the Report Number may vary from report to report, and region
to region, or it may be blank.
Single Page Icon - This icon, seen in the
"view" column on the Search Results screen, indicates that
the document is a single file, typically in PDF format. Clicking
on the icon immediate downloads the document to your computer.
See also Multi-Page Icon.
Species Name (Scientific) - the standard
provincial scientific (Latin) name assigned to a species.
Species Name (English) - The standard provincial
English name assigned to a species.
Staff - permits password-authenticated
government users to access unpublished documents, consultant
reports without specific copyright permissions, and selected,
relevant partner publications normally accessed directly through
partner sites, in addition to documents available to the public.
Threatened - Likely to become endangered
if limiting factors are not reversed.
Title - The published title of the document
as seen on the cover of the document and/or as referenced
in the library catalogue.
Vendor - agency contact for the
purchase of a hard copy or CD version of the document. When
this option is available, EIRS Search Results shows a checkmark sign
in the "Hardcopy" column. Clicking the "$"
icon produces a pre-populated email message to the vendor,
providing the document vendor with sufficient information
to respond directly to your email query.
View (report) - The "View"
column, seen on the Search Results screen, links directly
to the electronic version of the publication, if available.
In most cases, a Single-Page icon is present
that identifies the size of the document for download purposes.
Clicking it results in immediate file download.
If a Multi-Page icon is present, this indicates
that there are multiple components to the document. Clicking
this links you to a "document details" page, showing
the component parts of the document and their respective file
sizes. Clicking the single-page icon for the component document,
results in immediate file download. See also Single-Page
Icon and Multi-Page Icon.
Vulnerable - Particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events. [As
used by NatureServe - Vulnerable globally either because very
rare and local throughout its range, found only in a restricted
range (even if abundant at some locations), or because of
other factors making it vulnerable to extinction or elimination.]
Year - The publication year for a given
document. When using the Advanced Search function, year can
be searched based on a particular year, a range of years (e.g.
1991-1995) or with a wildcard (e.g. 199* for any document
- List of ecological communities and indigenous species which
are not at risk in British Columbia.
Checkmark icon - indicates that the document is available for as hardcopy or on CD. Clicking on the "checkmark" icon will produce a pre-populated email message to the vendor, providing sufficient information to identify the document to the vendor.