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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Schenk, John J. [1], Evans, Colleen R. [2], Devitt, Jessica [3].

Improvements to the Georgia Southern University Herbarium through an NSF CSBR Grant.

The Georgia Southern University (GSU) Herbarium is a regional herbarium with a focus on the Georgia Coastal Plain, one of the most understudied yet biologically diverse ecosystems in Georgia. Sixty percent of the GSU collection is from Georgia, and about a quarter is from Bulloch County, where GSU is located. The collection currently consists of over 21,000 accessioned specimens, which are in the process of being digitized as part of the SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) Project. In addition to the accessioned collection, the GSU Herbarium also houses 26,500 uncatalogued specimens, which consists of two orphaned collections and a sizeable backlog of unmounted material. A recent Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation to process, digitize, and integrate the orphaned and uncatalogued specimens; replace non-archival folders that have degraded with age with archival folders; and update nomenclature, especially at the family and genus levels. The project, which is in its first of two years, has employed one graduate and six undergraduate student workers to mount specimens or digitize records. We have processed and digitized the two orphaned collections and are in the process of mounting, digitizing, and integrating the remaining specimens. When the project is complete, we estimate having approximately 48,000 specimens that are digitally archived and accessible through the SERNEC and iDigBio Portals.

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1 - Georgia Southern University, Department of Biology, 4324 Old Register Road, Biological Sciences Building, Statesboro, GA, 30458, United States
2 - Georgia Southern University, Department of Biology, 4324 Old Register Road, Statesboro, GA, 30460, USA
3 - Georgia Southern University, Biology, 4324 Old Register Road, P.O. Box 8042-1, Statesboro, GA, 30460, USA

CSBR grant
National Science Foundation.

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization
Location: Exhibit Hall/Omni Hotel
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 6:15 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PBI002
Abstract ID:373
Candidate for Awards:None

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