Small Collections Grant

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scanning barcodes for collection management of the National Herbarium of Gabon

Pulcherie Bissiengou



Cost: $



Herbier National du Gabon (IPHAMETRA-CENAREST)


The National Herbarium of Gabon houses more than 70000 specimens. This results to the collecting efforts of Gabonese botanists as well as other botanists around the world, especially from Netherlands, Belgium, United States and United Kingdom. However, with a continuous collection size enlargement, some collections are still kept with no curation, that is not digitalised (labelled, mounted, use of barcodes, and not listed in any database). The present project aims to associate barcodes to those collections.


A project on the digitization of the herbarium collections is currently being carried out at the LBV herbarium. This project began in 2018 and ends in 2020. It consists of mounting 10000 specimens. Unfortunately, these specimens did not receive barcodes. Therefore, by this project, some barcodes will be pasted and indexed in the BRAHMS database used at the National Herbarium of Gabon. Planned activities will be as follow:
• Sorting out the recently mounting herbarium specimens
• Barcode labels and scanner purchase
• Scanning and uploading barcodes using BRAHMS software
The expected result is to scan about 10000 barcodes. Most collection consists of duplicate specimens from international herbaria such as BR, BRLU, MO and WAG-Naturalis. The barcodes scanning will be achieved using the BRAHMS software developed by Oxford University and the National Herbarium of the Netherlands (WAG-Naturalis) to which the LVB herbarium is associated.


Year 2020
Trimester 2
Sorting out specimens
Trimester 3 & 4
Scanning barcodes
Year 2021
Trimester 1
Scanning barcodes
Trimester 2, 3 & 4
Uploading barcodes

Referee 1:

Jan Wieringa

Referee 2:

Tariq Stevart

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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