Objectives of PEN-TCN project and the role of the FLAS Herbarium

March 19th, 2013

Overall objective of the project

The objective of the project is to digitize the label information and images of  North American lichen and bryophyte specimens (Canada, the continental United States and Mexico).  This  project is a contribution towards the Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change NSF Thematic Collections Network.  You can check more on the initiative in the following site: http://lbcc1.acis.ufl.edu/

The role of the FLAS Herbarium

Our role as part of the consortium is to contribute with the digitization of the Florida collections that are important because they potentially fill gaps of the tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems that may be especially susceptible to climate change effects.  We are going to image and process the specimens of the following Florida Herbaria:

Acronym         Institution                              Approximate number

FLAS              University of Florida               32,000 specimens

FTG               Fairchild Tropical Garden         1,900 specimens

FTU               University of Central Florida     1,500 specimens

USF               University of South Florida        1,500 specimens

UWFP            University of West Florida         320 specimens

We project that we will have to process and digitize 33,000 specimens in a year to complete the project in three years.

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Projected phases of the NSF-PEN project implemented in the FLAS herbarium of the Florida Museum of Natural History

We plan to complete this project in three years.  The first phase will deal with specimen preparation and digitization, and will take place in the FLAS herbarium that is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History of the University of Florida.  We are currently on the second year of the project, and we are editing the information that was uploaded in the portals and populating different field of the database using the data generated by optical character recognition, the later,  performed in the herbarium of the University of Madison, Wisconsin.  The third year will be devoted to finishing the edition of the data and georeferencing it.