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Systematics Section

Capers, Robert [1], Les, Donald H. [2].

The CONN virtual herbarium.

The George Safford Torrey Herbarium (CONN) at the University of Connecticut is one year into a three-year NSF-funded project to database and image all vascular plant specimens. The bulk of the work of entering specimen-level information into the database is being done by graduate students working a total of 40 hours per week. Digital images are created with high-resolution scanners operated by three undergraduate students working a total of 20 hours per week. Work-study students and independent study students mount unaccessioned specimens and help with databasing. All data and images are made available online through the CONN web site as well as through GBIF and the multisite server at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Information on more than 80,000 specimens now is available online, as are more than 25,000 images, including all types. Specimen records can be mapped , and data can be downloaded for analysis. The herbarium is working with Connecticut educators in developing curricular materials that use online specimen data. Exercises designed for high school biology students are being made available through the herbariumís website.

Broader Impacts:
In addition to making the CONN herbarium specimens available online, the 3-year project has an important training component for both undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, we are working with educators to increase use of the online resources, developing lesson plans designed to use specimen data in high school biology classes.


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Related Links:
CONN herbarium web site, providing access to online specimen data and other resources


1 - University of Connecticut, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 75 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3043, Storrs, CT, 06269, USA
2 - University of Connecticut, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 75 North Eagleville Road, U-3043, Storrs, Connecticut, 062693043, USA

Keywords:
herbarium
digitization.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY054
Abstract ID:24


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