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Colloquia: SERNEC: Four years of development of a herbarium Research Coordination Network

Baskauf, Steven J. [1].

Integrating Live Plant Images with Other Types of Biodiversity Records.

The standardization of metadata terms, widespread acceptance of HTTP URIs as globally unique identifiers, and creation of an infrastructure to collect and distribute biodiversity information through the Internet has presented a unique opportunity to compile biodiversity metadata on a large scale. Existing efforts have generally been focused on imaging specimens and digitizing their labels. However, the opportunity exists to merge these types of data with observations and other types of occurrences including images of live organisms. The key to integrating these diverse types of resources is a system of organization based on the resource's derivation from the individual source organism in its environment. In addition to facilitating this integration, an individual-based system also provides a means to solve troublesome biodiversity informatics problems such as repeated sampling of the same organism over time, duplicate specimens at different institutions, and complex relationships involving several types of resources. The specific application of these principles to the integration of live plant images, herbarium specimens, and images of those specimens will be considered.

Broader Impacts:
Live plant images can help connect the technical world of the plant taxonomist with the visually-oriented world of the general public. By integrating live plant images having robust metadata with specimen information and images, we help ensure that the live plant images are accurately identified and that their metadata contribute to global efforts to document biodiversity.

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Bioimages live plant image database
SERNEC live plant imaging subgroup discussion summary

1 - Vanderbilt University, Department of Biological Sciences, VU Station B 351634, Nashville, Tennesee, 37235

live plant
Darwin Core
globally unique identifier.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C3
Location: Ballroom C/Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: C3006
Abstract ID:228

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