Abstract Detail

Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

MONFILS , ANNA K [1], Cahill, Blake [2].

No Collection Left Behind: Research Contributions of Small Collections.

Smaller, regional biodiversity collections make valuable contributors to the digitization of collections and are uniquely equipped to enhance the quality and quantity of digital data representing global biodiversity. A recent Biodiversity Collections Network survey indicates a community-wide priority is to engage more collections in the national digitization effort. Toward this goal, there is a need to evaluate the role of small and regional collections in quantifying biodiversity and determine best practices for engaging this portion of the biodiversity collections community. This talk will provide some information on small collections and provide an overview of the growing role of small collections in biodiversity research. This talk is an introduction to some recent data and evidence that show the impact of small collections and some of the success stories for integrating data and engaging curators from these regional museums and herbaria. The goal is to highlight data-driven examples of the contributions small biological collections make to the national digitization initiative and resultant biodiversity research.

1 - Central Michigan University, Biology, 2401 Biosciences, Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859, United States
2 - Central Michigan University, Bioscience, Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859, USA


Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Abstract ID:706
Candidate for Awards:None

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