University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) collections are being cataloged under several projects. Specimens records are not available in one centralized system. At present approximately 25% of our collections are cataloged.
The University of Florida Herbarium Collections Catalog is a searchable database of ca. 77,000 of the 450,000 herbarium specimens on file in the vascular plant, bryophyte and lichen collections. The catalog is cross-linked with the
University of Florida Herbarium Type Specimens Catalog where type details such as basionym and bibliographic data are provided. Digital images (ca. 50,000) are available for selected specimens. The images are integrated with the catalog and are also available through a custom search page. A common name search tool provides a walkway to the scientific names used in the catalogs.
Type specimen data and high resolution images are also being added to the JSTOR Global Plants web site with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and collaboration with JSTOR.
UF Herbarium North American bryophyte and lichen specimens (27,529 bryophytes / 9,588 lichens available) are being cataloged under NSF Award #1206394: "Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Florida Herbaria." This award is made as part of the Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change NSF Thematic Collections Network project under the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program. All these collection data are being entered in the respective national portals:
The project web page provides more details on the progress of this project.
The UF Mycological Herbarium is participating in an NSF-funded project to digitize and database as many US macrofungi collections as possible. This project (The Macrofungi Collection Consortium) includes 34 institutions in 24 states. The project began in July 2012 and will aim to capture data for roughly 1.3 million fungal specimens.
All of our cataloging data is also available through the national resource iDigBio.org.