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Donald J. Pinkava’s legacy – the ASU Herbarium in the Sonoran Desert

Gilbert, Edward [1], Gries, Corinna [2], Franz, Nico [1], Landrum, Leslie [3], Nash, Thomas [4].

SEINet: Making use of an Extended Network of Regional Consortia to Mobilize the Digital Content of Natural History Collections.

SEINet’s history spans over nearly two decades of development and bio-collaboration. Initially established as a simple online search engine featuring a handful of Arizona-based herbaria, SIENet has matured into an information network incorporating over 330 institutions. The SEINet database has grown from supplying data to a single regional website to now supporting 13 regional web portals distributed across North America (http://symbiota.org/docs/seinet/). Together, these portals publish over 15.6 million specimens, 240,000 observations, and 9 million images. The network provides collection management services to 230 biological collections and inventory services to more than 2,100 biodiversity data managers. Through many collaborative efforts, it has matured into a tool for biodiversity data exploration that includes species inventories, interactive identification keys, specimen and field images, taxonomic information, species distribution maps, and taxonomic descriptions.  
The initial developments of SEINet served as the precursor to the open source Symbiota software project. In conjunction with the expansion of the Symbiota framework, SEINet transformed into a robust specimen management system specifically geared toward specimen digitization with features including data entry from label images, harvesting data from specimen duplicates, batch georeferencing, data validation and cleaning, generating progress reports, and additional tools to improve the efficiency of the digitization process.   
This presentation will begin with a historical overview of SEINet and the events that created major shifts in its development.  A description of support and services provided to various research and outreach projects will be detailed as well as their role in the evolution of SEINet’s mission statement. We will discuss the successes and challenges associated with the long-term sustainability model and explore potential future paths for SEINet that support the long-term goal of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.  


Related Links:
SEINet Portal Network
Symbiota Software Project


1 - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ, 85287, USA
2 - University of Wisconsin, Hasler Laboratory of Limnology, 680 N. Park Street, Madison, WI, 53706, USA
3 - Plant Biology-Arizona St Univ, Po Box 871601, Tempe, AZ, 85287, United States
4 - University of Wisconsin, Department of Botany, Madison, WI, 53706, USA

Keywords:
natural history collections
SEINet
Symbiota
herbarium
biodiversity
specimen digitization
open access.

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Number: 0013
Abstract ID:860
Candidate for Awards:None


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