Small Collections Grant

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Digitalization of collections in the Herbarium SAF

Giuseppe Venturella



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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo


The SAF Herbarium , recently funded, is mainly oriented towards the conservation of macrofungi of the Mediterranean Area and also hosts collections of vascular plants. Actually the herbarium hosts ca. 7000 specimens which are temporarely recorded on paper support. The proposal is to start the digitalization of herbarium samples in order to facilitate the access by academics and common citizens.


For the purpose given above we will buy a personal computer and the informatization will be carried out on a relational DB according to the TDWG standards in order to be ready to be included in larger systems (e.g. GBIF). The informatization process will be done in collaboration with an external personnel unit that will be granted and trained. A small amount of the funding requested will be used to buy Mounting papers.


The deadline of this process is 12 months.
The training of the external personnel will be done in the first month. During months 2-12, the personnel of the Department in collaboration with the external unit will carry on the digitalization of herbarium labels.

Referee 1:

Chiara Nepi (Head Curator of FI)

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Scoring Rubric

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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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