Systematics Section / ASPT
Ferguson, Carolyn J. , Nepal, Madhav P. , Mohandass, Sivakumar , Mayfield, Mark H. .
Computerization of the Kansas State University Herbarium: digitizing a critical biodiversity collection for the Great Plains.
The Kansas State University Herbarium (KSC) is a collection of ca. 200,000 plant specimens with a regional focus on the central Great Plains and a noteworthy strength in historical (pre-1900) material. Full-scale databasing of specimen label data was undertaken beginning in May 2006, and over one-third of the holdings have been databased to date (including all Kansas vascular plants). An overview of this databasing initiative is presented, including presentation of data entry forms (on the Specify platform), breakdown of data entry task analysis and synopsis of a GIS-based web mapping application under development. Analysis of the current data reveals composition of the Kansas collection and confirms the significance of this museum to efforts to track floristic changes over time. Recent findings enabled by the databasing initiative are highlighted (e.g., "discovery" of noteworthy collections, such as a large number of specimens of F. J. Lindheimer; revision of pre-settlement range distributions of particular native taxa).
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The Kansas State University Herbarium
1 - Kansas State University, Herbarium and Division of Biology, Ackert Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-4901, USA
2 - Kansas State University, Office of Mediated Education, 158 College Court, Ackert Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-4901, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM