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Systematics/Phytogeography / Taxonomie/ Section

Barkworth, Mary [1], Liston, Aaron [2], Murrell, Zack E. [3], Mayfield, Mark H. [4], Pollock, Jennifer [5].

The WDC012 Committee and developing a single portal to information in US herbaria.

In fall, 2007, the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Association authorized creation of the WDC012 committee to help develop integrated access to the information in US herbaria. The focus of the committee is on increasing participation in implementation of such a portal. The technology exists. The larger task is developing widespread engagement and support by those involved with herbaria. This requires aiding herbaria in providing high quality data to their regional nodes and ensuring that the portal presentation highlights the importance of contributing herbaria. Without widespread engagement, we shall lose an important opportunity. The committee will be meeting with various groups to identify those areas to which they are most able to contribute. The most important contribution must, however, come from those working in herbaria. We need your input to identify short and long-term goals and mechanisms for reaching these goals. The model that we propose relies on regional consortia. Consortia would be asked to assume responsibility for helping their members enter and regularly submit high quality data. Some resources would be developed at a national level, e.g., files of nomenclaturally acceptable names and of species of concern and the states in which they are of concern. The most critical level of involvement is, however, the herbarium. If the national portal is to serve our interests, the whole herbarium community must be engaged in its development. There will be an open workshop on Thursday morning, July 31, to provide an opportunity to identify short and long term goals and mechanisms for achieving the short term goals.

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Formal home page for WDC012 Committee

1 - Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium, Dept. of Biology, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322, USA
2 - Oregon State University, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, 2082 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331-2902, USA
3 - Appalachian State University, Biology, 572 Rivers Street, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, USA
4 - Kansas State University, Herbarium and Division of Biology, Ackert Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-4901, USA
5 - National Biological Information Infrastructure, Denver, Colorado

herbarium records
Integrating information

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 61
Location: 177/Law
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: 61001
Abstract ID:160

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