Small Collections Grant

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How to make the Northeast Asian flora visible: digitization start for the IBPN FEB RAS Herbarium (MAG), Magadan, Russia

Maria G. Khoreva

Russia

Database, Digitally image

Cost: $

2000

MAG

Institute of the Biological Problems of the North, Far-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Objective:

We plan to begin the digitization of herbarium specimens deposited in MAG and then publish datasets in open databases. The first objective of this project is bar-coding of vascular plant collection. Next, we plan to start creating images of some groups of vascular plants and place datasets on the Moscow Digital Herbarium web-platform. Digitization of our collection (MAG) will fill taxonomic and geographic gaps in freely accessible data relating to national and regional biodiversity.

Plan:

The Нerbarium of the Institute of the Biological Problems of the North FEB RAS, Magadan (MAG) – one of the most remote and difficult to visit herbaria in Russia. It includes about 110000 specimens of more than 1700 species of vascular plants from Extreme North-East of Asia and East Siberia. It is interesting for botanists due to the large number of species from the Asian part of Beringia.
We see the following steps to digitize the collection.
1. We need to purchase a printer and supplies for printing bar codes. Barcoding will be carried out by herbarium staff.
2. Stick bar codes (ID) on vascular plant specimens (about or more than 110000), starting with type specimens (about 40 taxa).
3. Next, in the same time with bar coding and later, we plan to start creating images of some groups of vascular plants using a SLR camera, following international standards for online placement: a ruler, color scale, 600 dpi (tiff and jpg), the presence of a bar code, which will be used to generate unique image file name.
4. Creation or adjustment of the existing database of labels using the unique ID with the herbarium acronym (bar-code).
5. Georeferencing.
6. Placement datasets on the Moscow Digital Herbarium web-platform https://plant.depo.msu.ru/?d=P as the separate category (MAG). We plan to develop Digital Herbarium IBPN FEB RAS (MAG) on our website in future to provide freely accessible data.
7. Data transmission by Moscow State University (or by IBPN FEB RAS in future) to the GBIF po

Timetable:

Three senior researcher of the laboratory of botany IBPN FEB RAS (PhD. Maria Khoreva, PhD. Olga Mochalova and PhD.Elena Andrianova (member of Taxon)) and two laboratory assistant will participate in the work.
Three senior researcher of the laboratory of botany IBPN FEB RAS (PhD. Maria Khoreva, PhD. Olga Mochalova and PhD.Elena Andrianova (member of Taxon)) and two laboratory assistant will participate in the work. Before and in the process of digitization, we will check the taxonomy and basic synonymy.
March - April 2020 - purchase of equipment for barcoding and digitization, beginning of barcoding and optimization of the procedure.
May– October - barcoding and digitizing herbarium specimens (type collection, Orchidaceae, Corydalis, Botrychium, Potamogeton, Utricularia, etc.).
November-December: sending datasets to the Moscow Digital Herbarium.
During 2020, considering the adjustment of equipment and the development of an optimal operating mode, we will barcode at least 40,000 samples and digitize at least 5,000 samples.

Referee 1:

Eric DeChaine

Referee 2:

Alexey P. Seregin

Scoring Rubric

Your name:

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.).

This proposal scores:

/60

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.

This proposal scores:

/20

Broader Impacts

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

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

This proposal scores:

/20

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