Small Collections Grant

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Digitization of information and images of collection classified plants of Herbaria Nacional Nicaragua HNMN.

Iris Lilliam Saldivar Gomez


Database, Digitally image, Process backlog

Cost: $



Herbario Nacional de Nicaragua


1. Digitize the information of the samples classified in the herbarium (16,574) in the SQL Database in 2021.
2. Facilitate the access of botanical information through a website available to researchers and collaborators of the herbarium, in the second half of 2020.
3. Begin the process of creating an image bank of the classified species of the national herbarium and digitize 10,000 copies in 2021.
4. Taxonomically identify 800 samples of vegetation by 2021.
5. Digitize the information of the samples classified in the herbarium (16,574) in the SQL Database in 2021.


The National Herbarium hat a classified collection of 16, 574 plants. We start in 2018 an important line of work: Do a Database and support all our information. Last Month we finished the design of our website and our interface SQL: In both initiative, we use a demo version for work. We will to put online in 2020 a part of our information but in this moment, we do not have an available server or an available cloud. We do not have an images database of our plants herbarium classified samples, and that is an important point that we need to resolve. In addition, we will to upload a part of herbarium specimens imagines and contribute to do the information more precise about our plant collections. It is very important for the quantification and protection of vegetation samples information to have a backup of the herbalized specimens, so a scanner would be of great help to enrich the records of the database. That is why these Small collection grants is very important for us. This can we helped to finish and assemble our database. The study of vegetation and its identification is a constant task, as part of providing the herbarium with technical equipment that facilitates botanical research. We need a microscope and one camera for do our fieldworks. In summary with your financial support, we would buy the following: Scanner B5, Photographic camera, 2 years of payment for a robust cloud to upload the database information and a microscope.


Schedule january 2020-december 2021
We plant in two years 2020-2021: Digitize 16, 800 herbarium plant samples in a SQL Database. (4200 samples per semestrer).
We planned to scan 10, 000 images of our herbarium samples.( 2500 plant samples per semester).
Identify 800 plant samples (200 per Semester).
A part (gymnosperm collection 1500 herbarium plants samples )of information must to be online a second semester 2020 in our webpage.
The information of our collection of 16,574 plant herbarium samples must to be a database and online available.

Referee 1:

Katherine Vammen IICN-UCA

Referee 2:

Indiana Coronado Herbario Hule

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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