Small Collections Grant

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Boosting the development of a recently established southern Brazilian herbarium: acquisition of equipment for digitization.

Christian da Silva


Digitally image

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Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Centro de Educação Superior da Região Sul


The objective of this project is to establish a digitization platform at the Anita Garibaldi Herbarium (LAG) from the Centro de Educação Superior da Região Sul of the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil. Although established this year, this collection already has over 1,000 specimens. As everyone knows, our political scenario is not currently science-friendly, with continuous budget cuts. Funding opportunities are also becoming increasingly scarce. Thus, we see the IAPT SCG as timely opportunity to create conditions for the digitization of herbarium sheets at LAG.


The first step will be the purchase of a digital camera to capture high resolution images of the herbarium sheets (for equipment model and budget information please see the Excel form). After purchasing and receiving the camera, we will build an imaging station with a LED lighting system. Then, after initial testing to set the best camera setting for image acquisition, we will begin the process of digitization of the herbarium sheets at LAG. Since we do not have a technician, a scholarship will be offered to the undergraduate students of the institution. The scholarship holder, supervised by the herbarium curator, will be trained to obtain, process and upload the images to the JABOT online platform (please visit the JABOT website: The maintenance of the images online is guaranteed by the Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.


Based on the date of announcement of the awarded projects, we estimate the following timetable:
- Purchase and receipt of the digital camera: March-June, 2020;
- Assembly of the imaging station and initial tests: July-August, 2020;
- Scholarship selection and training: September, 2020;
- Beginning of the process of image acquisition, processing, and upload to the JABOT platform: October, 2020;
- Estimated deadline for digitization of all herbarium sheets (at that time): July, 2021.

Referee 1:

Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz

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Collection Improvement/Maintenance


1.  Contribution to the generation of digital herbarium data (digitization: data entry, setting up database structure, purchasing equipment).

2.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (processing of backlog).

3.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (shipping endangered collection to another herbarium).

4. Contribution towards improving conservation status of specimens in herbarium (better folders, protecting covers, mounting paper, labeling, etc.).

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IAPT community building


5.  Herbarium's potential for success.

6.  Perceived need, extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding.
7. Sharing specimens with other herbaria.

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Broader Impacts

8. The project will yield durable benefits (specimens, digitized metadata, databases, websites).

9. The proposed project involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination.

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