Mobilizing New England Vascular Plants to Track Environmental Change

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TitleMobilizing New England Vascular Plants to Track Environmental Change
Publication TypePresentation
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAllard, Dorothy
KeywordsSmall Collections Symposium SPNHC 2014
AbstractMobilizing New England Vascular Plants to Track Environmental Change is a U.S. National Science Foundation supported Thematic Collections Network focused on digitizing herbarium specimens in the northeastern United States and funded through the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program. The goal of the project is to provide data to support studies of the nature and consequences of environmental change in the New England region over the last three centuries. This project will digitally capture specimen data and images from about 1.3 million vascular plant specimens housed in 15 large to small herbaria located across the region and then share online the resulting images and data. The project perates under the umbrella of the Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria. The digitization process integrates with existing biodiversity informatics initiatives and has developed a novel high-throughput digitization workflow. The project provides an important example of how large collections can collaborate with and facilitate digitization in smaller collections through the extension of labor, protocols, techniques, and technology