Preservation of data integrity requires limited access and this forces a 'registration' node to help insure that those responsible for data input are qualified representatives of a given biodiversity collection. As currently configured, the system allows immediate access for members of the Flora of Texas Consortium and the American Society of Plant Taxonomy. Members of these organizations can email Hugh Wilson or Stephan Hatch a request to register as a data contributor. If the 'return' email address of this message matches the appropriate address on current FTC/ASPT membership listings, a return message will come from our systems administrator requesting the following information:
System access by a registered user remains in effect during the current browser session, i.e., if the browser is not closed by the registered user, others with access to the local computer will be able to annotate. Thus, for those working with open access computers, full termination of the annotation process will require active termination (close, exit) of the WWW browser software in use.