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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

Ed Gilbert, Southwest Environmental Information Network

Ann Hitchcock, National Park Service


What is a virtual federal herbarium l.jpg
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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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


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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


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What is SEINet?

  • Virtual flora/herbarium

  • Specimen-based

  • Research and education

  • Biodiversity portal

    • Specimen search engine

    • Species checklists

    • Interactive identification key

    • Image library


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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


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What kinds of searches are possible?

  • Specimen search engine

    • Specimen listing

    • Specimen images

    • Interactive maps

      • Google Map

      • Google Earth

    • Species checklist

    • Identification key


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Why is a specimen-based model important?

  • Backbone of floristic research

  • Vouchers

  • Proof of occurrence

  • Expert reviewed

  • Verifiable

  • 70,000,000+ US specimens


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What are the benefits of the virtual environment?

  • Scientifically complete

  • Flexible presentation

    • Public outreach

  • Cost effective

  • Collaborative

    • Software developers

    • Herbarium curators

    • Land managers


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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