The Integrated Plant Record vegetation analysis (IPR-vegetation analysis) was first introduced by Kovar-Eder & Kvaček (2003). Since then it has proven itself as an essential tool for reconstructing zonal plant cover and palaeoenvironments in the Cenozoic. It has been applied to more than 300 fossil and modern sites, integrating foliar, carpological and pollen data of thousands of taxa (Jechorek, Kovar-Eder & Kvaček 2004, Kovar-Eder et al. 2006, Kovar-Eder et al. 2008, Teodoridis et al. 2009, Teodoridis 2010, Kvaček et al. 2011, Jacques et al. 2011, Teodoridis et al. 2011). In the latter publication, the IPR-vegetation analysis was applied to modern vegetation of SE China (Mt. Emei, Longqi Mt., Meili Snow Mts.) and Japan (Shirakami Sanchi, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Yokohama, Yakushima Island) to test whether it properly reflects plant sociological classification (Teodoridis et al. 2011). This study successfully tested the approach by cluster analysis.
The enormous datasets that have been produced since the introduction of this method can be handled effectively and made accessible to the scientific public only by providing an open-access internet platform. This includes an information website, an automated working database of the fossil taxa, of modern taxa, and plant localities, and a calculation tool to apply the IPR-vegetation analysis effectively.
Here, we introduce the internet platform for open access and automatised data-processing for the IPR-vegetation analysis and we compare the approach to other methods focusing on vegetation reconstruction.