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Virtual Federal Herbarium Prototype. Ed Gilbert, Southwest Environmental Information Network Ann Hitchcock, National Park Service. What is a virtual federal herbarium?. Specimen data and images Public web interface Searchable Focus on federal specimens Integrated with non-federal data.

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virtual federal herbarium prototype

Virtual Federal Herbarium Prototype

Ed Gilbert, Southwest Environmental Information Network

Ann Hitchcock, National Park Service

what is a virtual federal herbarium
What is a virtual federal herbarium?
  • Specimen data and images
  • Public web interface
  • Searchable
  • Focus on federal specimens
  • Integrated with non-federal data
why a virtual federal herbarium prototype
Why a virtual federal herbarium prototype?
  • Expand access to federal data for science researchers, land managers, educators, students, amateur botanists, youth groups, etc.
  • Integrate federal and non-federal data (SEINet)
  • Refine search design to improve federal data results
  • Encourage federal participation in regional virtual herbarium initiatives
who is involved in the prototype
Who is involved in the prototype?
  • NPS and SEINet
  • NPS, BLM and USFS data sources
    • Other federal bureaus/agencies to be added
  • Non-federal herbaria
  • Endorsed by Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics Working Group (BioEco), Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, National Science and Technology Council
what is seinet
What is SEINet?
  • Virtual flora/herbarium
  • Specimen-based
  • Research and education
  • Biodiversity portal
    • Specimen search engine
    • Species checklists
    • Interactive identification key
    • Image library
what is the geographic scope
What is the geographic scope?
  • Southwest USA
  • 1.1 Million specimens
  • 21 Herbaria
    • 11 Arizona
    • 5 New Mexico
    • 3 Adjacent states
    • 1 Sonora, Mexico
    • 1 NY Botanical Garden
what kinds of searches are possible
What kinds of searches are possible?
  • Specimen search engine
    • Specimen listing
    • Specimen images
    • Interactive maps
      • Google Map
      • Google Earth
    • Species checklist
    • Identification key
why is a specimen based model important
Why is a specimen-based model important?
  • Backbone of floristic research
  • Vouchers
  • Proof of occurrence
  • Expert reviewed
  • Verifiable
  • 70,000,000+ US specimens
what are the benefits of the virtual environment
What are the benefits of the virtual environment?
  • Scientifically complete
  • Flexible presentation
    • Public outreach
  • Cost effective
  • Collaborative
    • Software developers
    • Herbarium curators
    • Land managers
virtual environment has great potential
Virtual Environment has Great Potential
  • Arizona Flora
  • Annuals of the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Grasses of the San Pedro Riparian Nat’l. Cons. Area
  • Asteraceae within 30 miles of 34.2°, -112.4°
  • My Backyard Flora
what is symbiota
What is Symbiota?
  • Content Management System (CMS) for biodiversity and floristic data
  • Other data nodes using Symbiota software
    • SEINet – Plants of Southwestern North America
    • Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria
    • Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment
      • Flora & Fauna within Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora Mexico
    • CoTRAM – Cooperative Taxonomic Resource for American Myrtaceae
    • Neotropical Virtual Flora
multiple presentations of a single integrated dataset
Multiple presentations of a single, integrated dataset
  • Independent Symbiota data node
    • Self contained database and website
  • Sub-node
    • Other node’s database with separate website
  • Floristic Project
    • Collections of specimens, checklists, keys, etc.
  • Local Flora
    • Researchers, land managers, graduate students
  • IFRAME insert into agency website
what is the timeline for the prototype
What is the timeline for the prototype?
  • Fall 2009
    • Project start
  • Winter 2010
    • Compile and define datasets
    • Share concept with other regional virtual herbarium nodes
  • Spring 2010
    • Develop search interface for federal collections
    • Demo at Earth Day event on National Mall
  • Fall 2010
    • Expand data set beyond NPS, BLM, USFS
  • Winter 2011
    • Complete Symbiota software & documentation
    • Build toward US Virtual Herbarium
contacts
Contacts

Ed Gilbert

SEINet Administrator, Symbiota Developer

Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS)

Arizona State University

egbot@asu.edu

520-481-7638

Ann Hitchcock

Senior Advisor for Scientific Collections

National Park Service

ann_hitchcock@nps.gov

202-354-2271

acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Arizona State University Herbarium
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Global Institute of Sustainability (ASU)
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Science and Technology Council
  • Sky Island Alliance
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Regional herbaria
  • Local and regional data managers