Small Collections Grant

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Mosses of Siberia

Olga Pisarenko


Database, Process backlog

Cost: $



Central Siberian Botanical Garden, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences


To structure and expand the collection of Siberian mosses in NSK, to make the material available for botanic-geographical analysis.


The collection includes about 25,000 samples, but labels of only 8063 samples are registered in my table-database and ~ 6000 from them are available as a part of online-DB in Arctoa-site ( The rest of the collection is heterogeneous, there are: *identified and labelled samples that require entering into the DB and inseration; *identified samples that need labelling and digitizing; *non-identified samples from different regions. Also there are some boxes with identified but disordered samples collected by A. N. Vasiliev, I. M. Krasnoborov, A.V. Kuminova and other Siberian botanists in 1940-1990. I am organizing my own materials, but alone I don't have the ability to organize all the existing collections. It is necessary to delegate to the assistant the work on the labelling samples, sorting and entering into the DB. And there is a person which is able to do the work, but there are no vacancies in the Institute. Also it is needed to organize additional working place for entering information into the DB, printing of labels and wrapping of the samples. Then I can devote the time I have left to treating of undefined collections. In the Botanical Garden there is a GBIF- access point; so there is a possibility make the data available in GBIF.


The designated grant is sufficient to organize additional workplace and to pay for the assistant 20-hours a week for 8 months. For 8 months with the helping it is possible to check, label and database about 2500-3000 samples from the archive disordered collections from mountains of South Siberia with the placement of the labels information into GBIF.

Referee 1:

Mikhail S. Ignatov, MHA

Referee 2:

Vadim A. Bakalin, VBGI

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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