Digitization of New England Herbarium Specimens

ADBC Thematic Collections Network: Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Specimen Data to Track Environmental Changes

The goal of this project is to provide data to support studies of the nature and consequences of environmental change in the New England region over the last three centuries. This project will digitally capture specimen data and images from about 1.3 million vascular plant specimens housed in 15 large to small herbaria located across the region and then share online the resulting images and data. The digitization process will integrate with existing community efforts and will develop novel high-throughput digitization technologies to increase efficiency and decrease costs. All resulting data and images will be freely available on-line.  

This project is funded through an award made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) program and all data resulting from this award will be available through the national resource (iDigBio.org). Funded collaborators: Yale University, Brown University, Harvard University, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of Vermont.