Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Botanical Specimens, Field Notes, and Biodiversity Literature: Connections and Data Mining
Rusty Russell

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rum 10
Date: 2014-10-28 03:00 PM – 03:15 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


Studies in organismal biology, taxonomy and systematics have always required the researcher to reconcile data and information from multiple sources. Key among these are the descriptions of field events that have resulted in the collection of biological specimens, the specimens themselves, and the published literature in which specimens are cited. Making these connections has sometimes proved elusive and most times is very time-consuming. Digitization of specimen data and scanning of the literature has helped to ease the process, and more recent digitization and scanning of field books, journals, and other original sources has also helped.  However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before these three-way connections are more seamlessly realized.  There are inherent, sometimes highly complex, relationships between these three domains of data that need to be better understood.  There are still issues with the expression and formatting of metadata.  And there is still an unacceptably high volume of content in all three areas still to be made digitally available. A more aggressive community effort needs to be directed toward creating and connecting these data in a coherent and accessible manner.