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Systematics Section

Prather, L. Alan [1].

CollectionsWeb Update for the Herbarium Community: Building a Community of Natural History Collections.

The CollectionsWeb Research Coordination Network (RCN) is in its third year of funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. An update and review of activities and progress will be provided, including information related to herbaria and to other ventures related to natural history collections. Three CollectionsWeb workshops have been held to date. The first workshop addressed the opportunities of small collections in research, outreach, and education; the second addressed on the role of collections in contemporary systematics and taxonomy; and the third addressed new research opportunities emerging from integrating data across taxonomic collections. The findings of these three workshops will be discussed, as well as other activities of CollectionsWeb, including a survey of the status of natural history collections and a catalogue of innovative, collections-based educational activities. Information will be provided about future opportunities to be involved in CollectionsWeb activities, including competitive internships and three additional workshops planned for the last two years of funding.

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1 - Michigan State University Herbarium, Department of Plant Biology, 166 Plant Biology Building, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1312, USA

natural history collections

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 17
Location: 551A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 3:30 PM
Number: 17008
Abstract ID:647

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