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Title: H I S C O M


1
H I S C O M
  • Flora information Partnership
  • Barry Conn
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria
2
  • Herbaria
  • centres of expertise in plant, algal fungal
    biodiversity
  • Australian collections - about 6.5 million
  • Principal repositories of vouchered data
  • Long-standing global and Australia-wide
    cooperative approach,
  • specimen exchange and loan
  • research across regional interests of herbaria
  • publication

3
H I S C O M
  • Herbarium Information Systems Committee
  • Advisory committee to
  • Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH)
  • Aim of HISCOM
  • to advise, share, develop and promote all
    aspects of digitisation of herbarium information
  • Representatives
  • all Government Herbaria
  • University Herbaria representative
  • New Zealand Herbaria representative
  • ad hoc invitees key partners (ABRS, ERIN) and
    collaborators

4
  • Digitisation of herbarium data
  • in Australia
  • Since mid 1970s herbarium information
    data-processed
  • Digitisation was driven by need for Census and
    Spatial data
  • Development of standards important
  • In the 1980s HISPID - An herbarium
    specimen-label data interchange standard was
    developed
  • HISPID used with specimens exchanged and loaned
    between Australian herbaria

5
Australian electronic plant, algal and fungal
data 1
  • Censuses
  • Vascular plants full Australian
    coverage Nomenclator Australian Plant Name
    Index
  • Cryptogams incomplete
  • Fungi incomplete, macrofungi current project
    for national census
  • Algae national census of marine algae
    freshwater algae
  • Specimen data
  • 40 of 6.5 million specimens in Australian Govt
    herbaria
  • Textual Descriptions
  • vascular plants - 65-70 coverage
  • Flora of Australia, plus monographs 60
  • State floras (SA, NSW, Tas, Vic, ACT 95-99
    coverage
  • Regional Qld 62, NT 70, WA 40)
  • non-vascular plants, algae, fungi - Overall
    very incomplete coverage
  • National handbooks (Flora of Australia)
  • Regional or state handbooks (Marine Benthic Flora
    of Southern Australia Lichens of SA Mosses of
    SA)

6
Australian electronic plant, algal and fungal
data 2
  • Image data
  • Image banks few herbaria (CANB, PERTH)
  • Other image banks specialists, a number in
    Botanic Gardens, Societies, other Govt agencies
    e.g. weeds
  • Identification tools
  • Many - mostly using LucID and DELTA, other
    applications Tropical Rainforest (Whiffin
    Christophel) Cycad Pages (Hill)
  • Notable on CD Angiosperm families (World,
    Australian) Australian Rainforest Trees,
    Eucalyptus Acacia.
  • On Web WA Flora Catalogue, Cycad Pages,
    WattleWeb, NSW Flora On-line

7
Australian eFloras and other digital products
8
Australian eFloras and other digital products
9
Australian eFloras and other digital products
10

Development of Australias Virtual Herbarium
(VAH)
  • Aim of Prototype
  • demonstrate functional capabilities of a
    distributed network on Internet
  • demonstrate the collective capability of IT
    expertise in Australian herbaria
  • highlight the custodianship and legitimate claim
    by Australian herbaria to be stakeholders
    in Australian plant biodiversity projects
  • highlight the need to resource data capture and
    delivery
  • emphasise the essential underlying partnership

11
  • The Australian Government herbariaPartners in
    the initial prototype

Common mulga Acacia aneura
12
  • The Australian Government herbariaPartners in
    the initial prototype

13
  • Australias Virtual Herbarium Stage 1 Web
    development

14
Benefits of AVH over traditional herbarium
practices
Maximises limited resources
  • Sharing technological advances
  • Continue sharing IT developments
  • Move to sharing data avoid duplication of effort
  • Duplicate specimens
  • Image banks
  • Descriptions
  • ID tools simple and complex
  • Develop an on-line information system
    effectively electronic Flora of Australia

15
Benefits of AVH over traditional herbarium
practices
  • Regional herbaria distributed system or linkage
    to major State
  • State censuses a thing of the past?
  • Increased accessibility to collections by
    Community
  • Publication - an On-line shared resource

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Australias Virtual Herbarium New opportunities
  • Involving Community and other User groups
  • Increased collecting - gaps in plant distribution
    data obvious
  • Increased use of current plant systematic
    information
  • New (and continued) partnerships
  • Access to other data and information through
    partnerships of mutual benefit to custodians
  • Capacity to link to International networks

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