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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Rabeler, Richard [1], Macklin, James [2], Pender, Jocelyn [2], Shorthouse, David [1].

Digitization of US Herbaria - how close did we get to the 2020 goal?

A workshop was held at Michigan State University in September of 2004 at which the 25 participants agreed on the following goal: to make all botanical specimen information in United States collections available online by 2020.  Given we are now in the year 2020, it seems appropriate to examine our progress towards that goal. We will present information in an attempt to answer several points: Depending on how you define digitization, how close have we come to the original goal? What fraction of “digitized” specimens are only represented by a catalog #, a determination, and a photo?  What fraction has been completely transcribed? With the multitude of websites and specimen portals that now exist, how close have we come to attaining national or even global searchability?    What “holes” in this effort still exist? What might be required to fill them?

1 - University of Michigan, EEB-Herbarium, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108-2228, USA
2 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 960 Carling Avenue, Building 49, CEF, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C6, Canada

Specimen Digitization

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: BIHD2, Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization II
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Time: 1:15 PM
Number: BIHD2004
Abstract ID:813
Candidate for Awards:None

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