The first page you see is a listing of all current OTUs in alphabetical order by taxon name (Fig. 5). To find an OTU you either choose one from the list or enter enough of one of its associated names (Taxon name, OTU name, Manuscript name or Matrix name) to make it appear in the uto-complete picklist. You can then view or edit the data.
Creating a new OTU is pretty straightforward. Once you have made sure that the taxon name you want to assign your OTU to already exists, you start by clicking the New OTU link at the top of the page (Fig. 5). On the new page (Fig. 8) the top-most blue box is where you choose the taxon name you want to assign to your new OTU. If, e.g., your OTU is an undescribed species you would have chosen here the genus it belongs to. You then proceed to check the box next to Is the OTU a child of the taxon name? Now, give your OTU a name, specify which ICZN group (in this case species) it belongs to and click create to be done with the minimum amount of informa-tion required. You can easily add any extra information later if you want to. Matrix name, e.g., is only needed if you want something else than the OTU name to appear in the matrices. Do notenter a manuscript name as Name. These should only be entered in the corresponding box.