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Current Trends in Biodiversity Collection Description. Neil Thomson The Natural History Museum. Summary. Characteristics of biodiversity collections Collection descriptions at the NHM UK and European initiatives The wider picture – international and global initiatives Challenges.

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Current trends in biodiversity collection description

Current Trends in Biodiversity Collection Description

Neil Thomson

The Natural History Museum


Summary
Summary

  • Characteristics of biodiversity collections

  • Collection descriptions at the NHM

  • UK and European initiatives

  • The wider picture – international and global initiatives

  • Challenges


Biodiversity collections
Biodiversity Collections

  • Types of biodiversity collection

  • Value of collections

  • Benefits of data sharing

  • Who are the users?


Institutional level
Institutional Level

  • Collections and databases at the NHM

  • CLD project


Reasons for cld at the nhm
Reasons for CLD at the NHM

  • "Access to collections" initiative.

  • Speedier coverage than at item level

  • Verbose records, complementing databases.

  • Recording information provided by visitors

  • Detailed records for researchers / audit

  • Cross-searching of ALL collections at the NHM

  • Strategic planning

  • Re-uniting scattered collections

  • Provides data for external initiatives


National level
National Level

  • Fenscore

  • National Biodiversity Network

  • BioCASE National Nodes

    • contain records for biological collections in the country whether or not a database exists.

    • NHM is the UK National Node


The biocase collection level profile
The BioCASE Collection-Level Profile

  • 3 levels

    • Collection

    • Organisation

    • Network

  • 4 main data blocks

    • Descriptive

    • Adminstrative

    • Keywords

    • Related


What does it look like
What does it look like?

  • Currently at a very early stage of development.

  • Software provided by Berlin Botanic Garden, based on a metadata profile developed at the NHM.

  • Pre-seeded with data from the earlier BioCISE project.

    • Little data for each collection and mainly free text.


European level
European Level

  • BioCASE

    • Framework V funded

    • 3 year project ending October 2004

    • 31 participating countries

    • Coordinated by the Berlin Botanic Garden


Two level access
Two-level access

  • BioCASE caters for information at unit level (specimen or observation) as well as at collection level.

  • Unit-level records will be accessed directly in participating databases.

  • Collection-level records will be accessed through each country’s National Node.


International global levels
International & Global Levels

  • ABCD

    • Access to Biological Collections Data

    • Adds North America and Australia

  • GBIF

    • Global Biodiversity Information Facility

    • Promoting the use of global data standards


Challenges
Challenges

  • Addressing the needs of different audiences

  • Organism names

  • Place names

  • Getting the data


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