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Tropical Biology Section

Franklin, Tiana [1], Tobler, Mathias [1], Janovec, John [1], Neill, Amanda [1], Best, Jason H. [1], Barfield, Keri [1], Householder, Ethan [1], Valega, Renan [1], Cano, Asuncion [2], Alban, Joaquina [2].

The Atrium Biodiversity Information System at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).

Traditional floras and monographs require decades from field data collection to species identification and publication, especially for biological hotspots and large, complex families of plants. The objective of this project was to create a digital workflow from specimen collection in the field to publication that will greatly reduce the time required to produce annotated checklists, floras, and monographs. The result is the Atrium Digital Herbarium and the new Atrium Digital Flora module that allow authors to bring dynamic data and images together with static text and images for the production of any desired format of digital to print publication output, including image guides, annotated checklists, diagnostic field guides, and full floras and monographs. Atrium also provides powerful data management features. Taxonomic experts can identify specimens online from high-resolution images and directly update determinations or add other kinds of annotations. Botanists can search and browse collection data and images and fill in taxonomic descriptions and other related data through online forms. The Atrium Digital Flora module then combines all this information into a professionally formatted, ready to print book. Atrium is currently being used to produce the Flora of the Aguajal Wetlands of Madre de Dios, Peru with more than 500 species represented by 1670 collections and 3900 images from the field and herbarium, which will be used as an example of product output. Support: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation Biotic Surveys and Inventory Program (grant number DEB-0717453), Discovery Fund, Fort Worth, Texas, and private donations.

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Atrium Informational Website
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1 - Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), 400 E. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX, 76102, USA
2 - Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Herbario San Marcos, Museo de Historia Natural, Lima, Peru


Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PTB001
Abstract ID:637

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