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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Hong-Wa, Cynthia [1].

The Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis (MAM) Project at the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium (DOV): new opportunities through collections digitization.

The relatively recent advent of specimen digitization has increased access to the wealth of biodiversity information housed in herbaria and revolutionized the use and value of collections data. Small herbaria, in particular, where collections are often regional in scope as well as focused and unduplicated in content, are greatly benefiting from this digitization process in various ways. Not only has it provided such institutions with opportunities to contribute data to current knowledge of North American flora, but it has also increased their visibility and relevance in the 21st century. At the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium (DOV) in Delaware, one of such small herbaria, the impacts of specimen digitization through the on-going Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis (MAM) project have already been observed in areas of collections curation and capacity building while the newly available resources open doors to various research, teaching and outreach possibilities.

1 - Delaware State University, Department Of Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1200 N. Dupont Hwy, Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, Dover, DE, 19901, United States

capacity building
small herbarium.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PBI007
Abstract ID:461
Candidate for Awards:None

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