|dc.identifier.citation||Jameson, Mary Liz, Susan J. Matveyeva, F. Leland Russell, Sai Deng, and Stephen Scott. (2010). Wichita State University Virtual Herbarium: Filling a Critical Gap. -- Great Plains Plant Systematics Symposium. Kansas State University. Konza Prairie Biological Station, Oct. 8, 2010||en
|dc.description.abstract||The Wichita State University (WSU) Herbarium is an active,
regional collection with data that fill an important geographical gap
in the Great Plains region. Specimens and associated data are
essential in the management of invasive species and endangered
species, as well as our understanding of shifts in phenology and
distribution over time. The WSU Herbarium contains about 5,000
electronically databased specimens, including vascular plants,
mosses, and lichens. Our vision is to produce an on-line “virtual
herbarium”, complete with zoomable images of all specimens in
our collection linked to specimen-level data that enable discovery
of seasonality and distributional data, historical data on the
collector, and educational activities for using this on-line resource.
Newly accessioned specimens are proactively geo-referenced;
previously accessioned specimens will be retroactively georeferenced.
Together, these data allow for on-the-fly mapping for
investigation of distributional patterns.
Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, in collaboration
with librarians at WSU, employed DSpace-based Shocker Open Access Repository (SOAR) as the platform to showcase the
Virtual Herbarium collection. DSpace is an open-source software
for depositing digital scholarship and scientific research materials.
DSpace provided search and browse functionality for the
herbarium metadata, and an external site was also added to
feature image zooming and accompanying metadata.
Collaboration with the WSU Library enables retrieval and
accessibility of data associated with the herbarium, long-term
archiving of data and associated images, and use of leading edge
data management technology and methods. Our on-line virtual
herbarium employs Dublin Core schema (the library data
standard) with additional Darwin Core data (the biodiversity data
standard). The presentation will discuss the challenges in
choosing the metadata standards, compiling data fields,
normalizing and batch processing data, and choices for image
zoom tools. Our pilot project was launched in fall 2010 and is
available at http://soar.wichita.edu/dspace/handle/10057/1995.
Input of specimen-level data into the WSU herbarium database will
be transferred from Microsoft Excel to a web-accessible data
repository called The Biofinity Project (http://biofinity.unl.edu/). The
Biofinity Project enables input of data simultaneously from multiple
portals, integration with GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information
Facility) data, and use of web-based biodiversity tools for
investigation and discovery. Tools provided by The Biofinity Project, such as mobile iPhone data-integration and geo-tagging, federation of genomics and biodiversity data, web applications for
niche modeling and spatial analysis will advance botanical research.||en