It is becoming increasingly obvious that the transmission of information is
crucial in the global scientific context. One only has to think of the con
sultation of type specimens from a diatom herbarium or the verification of
an identification through electronic consultation of a photographic library
. Computerized databases on diatoms could become indispensable tools suppor
ting taxonomic uniformity. We are highlighting some advance in the field of
electronic archiving diatom information and this should be regarded only a
s a short review. Examples are taken from various countries who have create
d electronic databases on diatoms. At the beginning of this new millennium,
we will assist in a proliferation of websites devoted to diatom research.
If we work together, we can develop the basis for a new era of research in
diatomology, accord greater importance to computerizing the databases and e
nsuring their transmissibility to our colleagues all over the world.