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Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning

Cellinese, Nico [1], Prather, L. Alan [2].

Herbarium Cyberinfrastructure.

A two-day NSF funded workshop on Herbarium Cyberinfrastructure will explore some of the main issues confronting herbarium curators. Day one will focus on imaging specimens. Specific topics to be explored are the requirements for imaging, standards and specifications, and best practices for imaging specimens. Collection managers have long used photographic proxies in situations where the actual specimen in not immediately available or has been destroyed. Digital imaging of specimens is more and more a common practice. Current imaging practices have generally focused on types, special and historical collections, loans generally subsets of collections because the number is considered manageable. Now, high resolution imaging equipment is more readily available at reasonable cost, as it is the storage space. Invited speakers: Reed Beaman (Yale), Stinger Guala (USDA), Chris Frazier (UNM), Austin Mast (FSU), and Melissa Tulig (NYBG). Day two will focus on setting up DiGIR portals to share data more readily and on becoming a GBIF provider. The concept of single source access to global biodiversity data has sound implications for scientific research, resource management and education. The development of the DiGIR protocol has demonstrated that it is possible for curators of biological collections to share their data with others through a centralized portal while maintaining local control of their own provider node. Custodianship of data is retained by those most familiar with their collections. The GBIF is online with over 78 million data records (vouchers and observation) shared by over 169 institutions, and it is critical that more institutions make their specimen data available through this global resource. Invited Speakers: Meredith Lane (GBIF), John Wieczoreck (UC Berkeley), Steve Ginzbarg (UA), and John Clark (NBII, hands-on traning session).

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1 - Yale University, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Botany Division, Po Box 208118, New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8118, USA
2 - Michigan State University, Department of Plant Biology, Herbarium, 166 Plant Biology Wilson Road, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1312, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: F1c-1
Location: 314/Bell Memorial Union
Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM
Abstract ID:1079

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