Biodiversity Data and IUCN – Notes for ASU-CBO Meeting
Yesterday the ASU Natural History Collections, Informatics & Outreach Group was represented at the “IUCN – CBO Partnership Workshop”, held on February 25-26, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe. The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Below is a collection of broad themes, keywords, and links that are relevant to the workshop.
1. ASU Natural History Collections – http://taxonbytes.org/impressions-alameda-grand-opening/
2. Searching SEINet
- Go to http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/index.php
- Search Collections = ASU.
- Taxa: Physalis crassifolia, Physalis hederifolia.
- Region: Arizona.
- Observe abundantly vouchered, largely disjunct taxon distributions.
3. Via Dr. Les Landrum
- Here is a demo that shows what one can do with georeferenced specimens. Go to http://pinkava.asu.edu/PlantMap/
- We have a fairly rare species of plant – Fremontodendron californicum. Map that species and then use the Biotic communities map (one of 3 options) to see where it grows.
- Infer community identity, occurrence correlations “from the bottom up”.
- Can create analytical models with different kinds of question- and data-driven themes on top of this evidential biodiversity information layer.
4. Via Ed Gilbert
- Symbiota software package – building biodiversity data communities.
- Networked Symbiota Plant Portals: 3.9 million record, and growing.
- From 125 institutions, and growing.
- It is a portal network of 7 regional plant portals, also growing; see http://symbiota.org/docs/symbiota-introduction/active-symbiota-projects/
- A tool for creating and managing inventories (floras).
- Vouchers are linked in directly from collections.
- A tool for identification.
- Shared development environment.
- Regions with funding support other regions with lean funding times.
- All projects benefit from new tools developed by funded projects.
- All data can be managed online as a community effort.
- Lots of support and future looks promising.
- Many other options are possible.
5. Arthropod collections and “research readiness” – Cobb, Seltmann & Franz. 2014.