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Recent Topics Posters

Stock, Nathan D. [1], Piep, Michael B. [2], Barkworth, Mary E. [2].

Digitizing lichens, fungi, and bryophytes: exploring some options.

The Intermountain Herbarium is in the process of digitizing its specimens in order to make them freely accessible to all via the internet. Most of the discussion about digitizing herbaria so far has focused on vascular plant specimens. Imaging the other specimens traditionally housed in herbaria presents special challenges because of the varying sizes and, in many instances, the three-dimensional nature of the specimens.
We present images of lichen, fungi, and bryophyte specimens taken with a 21 MP camera and a) a 100 mm lens and b) a 50 mm lens and, for bryophytes, scans recorded at different resolutions. All images include the label, barcode, and color checker, and are printed to show the same part of the organism at the maximum resolution for the particular device. Also shown is the time required to record each image. We invite you to express your opinion as to which images are of significant value and which are of too little value to justify the time required for imaging.

Broader Impacts:
Collections are a valuable resource for increasing interest in organismal diversity and the web a powerful tool for introducing collections to the public, teachers, and other scientists. Our goal in presenting this poster is to stimulate discussion as to how best to image "the rest of the herbarium".

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1 - Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, utah, 84322-5305, USA
2 - Utah State University, Intermountain Herbarium, Dept. of Biology, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah, 84322, USA


Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Session: P
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PRT012
Abstract ID:1112

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