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Paleobotanical Section

Skog, Judith E. [1], Taylor, Thomas N. [2].

The fate of fossil collections and data?

Collections are facing many challenges including: loss as university support diminishes, retirement of researchers with no long term planning for the care of the collections, little databasing of the collections resulting in lost information, stand alone databases that are not interoperable and therefore not recognized as resources by the larger community. The crisis for collections was recognized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy which established an interagency working group in 2006. This group has been gathering data on collections across federal agencies and on collections supported by federal funds. A report on the findings of these surveys will be presented with emphasis on the fossil collections and their status. In addition, presentations will be given on state of large paleobotanical collections, the current Research Coordination Nettwork on Scienctific Collections, and the requirements by the International Code for Botanical Nomenclature for the deposition of type material in curated and accessible collections. An informal discussion session will follow to address the state and future of paleobotanical collections. Potential activities and strategies for future care of important type material will be discussed. The outcome should be an awaremess of the problem and development of a potential strategy to address it.


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1 - National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22203, USA
2 - University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045-7534, USA

Keywords:
paleobotany
collections
fossils.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: D7
Location: 169/Law
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 2:45 PM
Number: D7001
Abstract ID:106


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