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Digitization of the herbarium specimens of the HGI

Conxi Rodríguez-Prieto


Digitally image

Cost: $



University of Girona


The objective of the project is to begin the digitization process of the herbarium specimens of the HGI. In this moment we are building up the web page of the herbarium and we want to include the images of the herbarium sheets in it. Our herbarium contents around 45,000 specimens of vascular plants and macroalgae and thus, we are aware that the process will be long. However, we consider that the HGI is a very interesting herbarium because it is representative of the vascular flora of Catalonia, and also of the deep water macroalgae of the Western Mediterranean.


We want to contract a technician to do the job. The sheets are already included in a database, thus, the work of the technician will be to put the barcode of the specimens and then scanner them.

We already have the material that is necessary to do the job. Thus, we have the barcodes, a high resolution scanner (EPSONV700) and a camera (CANON EOS80D) to take photographs of the bigger specimens.

The digitization will be performed in alphabetical order of genera in vascular plants and in alphabetical order of order in macroalgae.


We have calculated that with the budget of 2000 euros we can contract a technician during 150 hours. In such a period we think that the technician can scanner around 1500 specimens.

Referee 1:

Carlos Aedo

Referee 2:

Neus Ibáñez

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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