Small Collections Grant

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Digitization of the Herbarium Argentinum, the F. Kurtz collection, housed at CORD Herbarium (Cordoba, Argentina)

Gloria E. Barboza


Database, Digitally image

Cost: $



Botanical Museum-Herbarium, University of Cordoba, Argentina


CORD houses the first collections made across Argentina which constitute a historic, geographic and taxonomic heritage dated from 1870. Fritz Kurtz was one of the pioneer explorers who made an extraordinary collection (1884-1915) known as Herbarium Argentinum.
To complete the digitization of Herbarium Argentinum, an unicum collection housed only at CORD.
To make available on line high-quality data and high-resolution images to researchers, specialists, and society through the CORD web site at and related links.


Near 8,000 out of the 16,299 Kurtz’s specimens, need being incorporated into our database (Documenta Florae Australis, and more than half of them have not been scanned. The informatization process will consist in the incorporation of the basic data of each original label, the scientific name under which the specimen is stored and the barcode. An extra task will be the addition of geographical coordinates for each location obtained by different georeferencing tools: point-radius method (determination of latitude and longitude and the maximum error distance), search for localities in Google Maps, Google Earth, or in our own database of Argentinean localities already georeferenced. The complete dataset obtained will be available through GBIF (
The images will be captured using both a Scanner with a HerbScan system and a photograph camera obtaining high-resolution images (600 dpi). Each image will be provided with measurement and colour scales.
The images will be of free access available in the CORD website (, which links to the Digital Repository of the National University of Cordoba (
Data entry and capture of images will be carried out by trained staffs.
In short, CORD will offer on-line access to near 8,000 specimen records, and 10,000 high-resolution images from Kurtz legacy.


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1. Acquisition of a Desktop Computer: This equipment will be added to the computers set (3) of our intranet system and will be used exclusively for this project in order to guarantee greater efficiency in data enter.
2. Data enter to Documenta Florae Australis database: an income of 35 records per day/per trained personnel is estimated. Two staffs will be in charge of this task, one will be funded with this project.
3. Capture of images: A trained staff will scan or photograph the specimens with an average of 900 images per month.
4. Quality control of the data entered: the data will be carefully checked, then they will be converted to Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) format through the application of Open Refine Code, every five months. Scanned images will also be controlled.
5. Migration of the data to GBIF web site and images uploading to CORD web site.
6. Final report.

Referee 1:

Massimiliano Dematteis

Referee 2:

Rafaela Forzza

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.).

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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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