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A Single Symbiota-based Herbarium Network for the US

Buckley, Steve [1].

The Public Lands Flora: Building informatics systems to manage biodiversity in protected areas.

The Public Lands Flora ( is a pilot project designed to explore the use of biodiversity informatics systems to benefit land management in protected areas and other federally-controlled lands. The Public Lands Flora links checklist from multiple federal agencies with occurrence data in a floristic information system that contains both identification and analysis tools. The system draws on the NSF-funded open source content management system Symbiota and accesses millions of plant specimens housed in natural history collections that are part of the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet). The Public Lands Flora has a national scope and is hindered only by the lack of a single Symbiota infrastructure. In the absence of a federated system that links up Symbiota data, the unique tools for data management found in the Symbiota system are not as fully useful for federal or other large-scale land managers. A disconnected nodal system hinders the capacity to create agency-curated and other national datasets. It also limits the use of the many data curation and data quality tools that help to improve data found in herbaria across the United States. Large scale data management can be done today using the existing technology found in Symbiota portals, were it not for the disconnection of portals.

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The Public Lands Flora

1 - National Park Service, Lassen Volcanic National Park, PO Box 100, Mineral, CA, 96063, USA

federal agency
digitized herbarium data.

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: CO2, A Single, Symbiota-based Herbarium Network for the US
Location: Sundance 2/Omni Hotel
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: CO2005
Abstract ID:367
Candidate for Awards:None

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