Products & Impacts
LINNE In the News
Expanding Access to Natural
History Collections by Robert E. Gropp.
LINNE will be a virtual taxonomic research tool linking biological collections, research facilities, experts and instruments for efficient species discovery, description, and classification. LINNE will make information on biological diversity easily accessible and transform the science of taxonomy. LINNE will become a vital resource for researchers, educators, and decision-makers who depend on knowledge of the world's species.
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Download: LINNE Brochure (PDF)
NSF Workshop: New York Botanical Garden, Dec. 11-13, 2003
Report to the U. S. National Science Foundation on "Development of a National Systematics Infrastructure: A Virtual Instrument for the 21st Century"
NSF Workshop: Florida Museum of Natural History, Nov. 10-12, 2003
Report to the U. S. National Science Foundation on a "Workshop to Produce a Decadal Vision for Taxonomy and Natural History Collections."
The products of the workshop will be a 10-year vision for taxonomy and other collections-based research. Participants will determine what is needed to meet that vision and develop a plan to meet the priorities of the scientific community. Important research areas and questions that require taxonomic research and natural history collections will be identified. The benefits to society of this research will be clearly stated. The final report will suggest ways to expedite the process of species discovery and description, identify educational challenges and opportunities both in terms of educating a new generation of taxonomists and in making taxonomic knowledge accessible to the public and educators, and discuss the priorities for support of infrastructure, including cyber-infrastructure. The report also will consider how an ad-hoc overarching umbrella organization might provide an effective voice for the taxonomic community and in facilitating and monitoring progress on recommendations made by participants of this workshop.
A preliminary report will be sent electronically to NSF by January 31, 2004, and a printed final report submitted to NSF by May 15, 2004. A full-color document explaining the importance of taxonomy and natural history collections, and the recommendations of the workshop participants will be produced and distributed to scientists, administrators, policy makers and other interested individuals.
In addition to the needs of research scientists, workshop participants will consider the broader impacts of taxonomic research and natural history collections. In particular, participants will identify educational challenges and opportunities related to taxonomic research and natural history collections, both in terms of educating a new generation of taxonomists and in making taxonomic knowledge accessible to the public and educators. Also, acknowledging that conservation biologists and resource managers depend on accurate taxonomies and museum collection records for prioritizing areas for protection and for making informed species-specific management policies, the final report will identify ways to expedite the process of species discovery and description. Workshop participants will examine the value of taxonomy and biological collections in documenting the history and health of the planet and in protecting and managing biological resources. Little time remains for the documentation of biodiversity, and taxonomy and natural history collections remain the core resources for accomplishing this extremely important task.
Photo by Tammy Johnson