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Krings, Alexander [1], Lowrey, Tim [2], Elisens, Wayne [3], Rabeler, Richard K. [4], Murrell, Zack E. [5].

Virtual herbaria: Regional progress in organizing, fundraising, and delivering content.

Over the past few years, herbaria have been increasingly organizing in regional networks with the primary objective of making collections and their data available online and thus facilitating basic research at multiple scales in a variety of fields from systematics to ecology. Some networks have additional objectives that range from coordinating research activities that help address human impacts on the environment, to providing online taxonomic and floristic products to facilitate rapid inventories and the discovery of new taxa, and to assisting K-12 teachers in curriculum development. Rapid increases in technology have facilitated the creation of a number of outstanding resources. Yet, a major limitation continues to be funding. That data from the vast majority of specimens remain offline is a major stumbling block to fully realizing the power of collections in addressing large-scale integrative questions, especially relating to our changing biota. Much work remains in order for us to move forward. This half-day workshop seeks to bring together representatives from the various regional networks to share their progress in organizing, fundraising, and delivering content. In addition, select speakers from various regions will focus specifically on their success in raising funds from native plant societies, friends of herbaria organizations, state agencies, and other non-NSF sources.
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to participate in breakout groups led by these speakers and focus on funding discussions and strategies in greater detail.


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1 - North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Biology, Raleigh, NC, 27695
2 - University of New Mexico, Biology, MSC03-2020, Biology, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131, USA
3 - University of Oklahoma, Department of Botany and Microbiology, 770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK, 73019, USA
4 - University of Michigan, University Herbarium, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108, USA
5 - Appalachian State University, Biology, 572 Rivers Street, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, USA

Keywords:
Herbaria.

Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W8
Location: MacInnes N/Gage
Date: Sunday, July 27th, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: W8001
Abstract ID:912


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