Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio)

Digitizing Event on October 22-25, 2015
a message from Tom Nash (Professor Emeritus ASU, Senior Scientist WIS, and member CALS)

The Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria lichen portal is a database of lichen collection records from over 80 institutions and individuals around the country. It houses over 19,000 lichen records for California, including all the completed California records from the COLO, SBBG, UC, UCR, and WIS herbaria. That’s an amazing resource for anyone interested in lichens to use.

However, there are many collection records for which transcription (populating the database from imaged lichen labels) is incomplete. For example Harvard (FH herbarium) has well over 5,000 – most old California records – that are only partially transcribed. In addition, there are over 18,000 San Francisco State collections to work on.

You can help complete the databases in either of two ways:

(1) as individuals with access and training coordinated through Julie Smith (jesmith7 (at) wisc.edu), or

(2) as groups coordinating through the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event on October 22-25, 2015.

In the first case, you can help whenever you like, how often you like and how long you like. In the second case, you would work as a group on one of the days in October. For example, the University of Wisconsin will have a session the afternoon of 23 Oct. in a computer lab on campus. I imagine that you could get help from Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley) or Dennis Desjardin (SFSU) were you interested in forming a group. Alternatively many of us will likely be transcribing over much of that time period and can answer some questions.

In addition, if you have records to add to the lichen portal, we would be glad to facilitate that. Write Robert Anglin ‎[ranglin (at) wisc.edu]‎ if you do have records ready to go.

Please notify Julie if you are interested in helping with transcribing and she will provide additional information on how to access records through the Lichen, Bryophytes and Climate Change Website.

Tom Nash [tom.nash (at) asu.edu]

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