|SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization: From Museum Specimen Database to Ecological Statement
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|Johnson, Christine A., Rabeler Richard K., and Bartlett Charles
|collector bias, data analyses, data quality, digitization, ecological statement, museum specimen database, pseudoreplication, SPNHC 2014, SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization
| The goal of the Thematic Collections Networks, Tri-trophic Digitization Project (TCN-TTD) is to database and image, in part, plant-associated Hemiptera (“true bugs”), parasitoid insects associated with Hemiptera, and the plants on which Hemiptera feed, totaling approximately 2.5 million specimens from 18 insect and 14 plant institutional collections. Integrating these data with other extant datasets, particularly from diverse sources (databases, institutions) with diverse historical workflows and standards such as these, provide a unique opportunity to generate and test various biogeographical and ecological hypotheses. Here we present our progress to date on the digitization efforts and demonstrate the usefulness and some of the inherent challenges of these data with a relatively small dataset of treehoppers and their associated oak species derived from our efforts. We also demonstrate some simple tools to examine database data for quality problems.