[Bionews] RSA-POM Specimen Database Online

Sula Vanderplank sula.vanderplank at cgu.edu
Fri Oct 7 20:17:32 EST 2005

RSA-POM Online Herbarium Specimen Database

The Herbarium at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSA-POM) is proud 
to announce the availability of our new searchable online specimen 
database. Please visit www.RSABG.org/herbarium/database/ to search 
among 90,000 records entered so far, primarily from southern 
California at this time, but including all plants considered by the 
California Native Plant Society to be rare or endangered within the 
State.  (This includes all those considered threatened and endangered 
at the state and federal level).   We hope that these data will be of 
great benefit to various sectors of the scientific, botanical, 
conservation and associated communities.

FEEDBACK WELCOME!  We are grateful for all your comments and 
suggestions, please take the time to use our online feedback form, or 
e-mail us directly with your thoughts and questions.

We plan to be sharing this data with both the California Consortium 
of Herbaria, and GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility) 
in the very near future, and appreciate suggestions of any other 
portals that might improve access to this data.

RSA-POM Herbarium houses over 1.1 million specimens, the majority of 
which are traditionally mounted herbarium sheets. Of the estimated 
410,000 California specimens in the herbarium, nearly 210,000 are 
from southern California.  We have currently databased nearly 110,000 
of the Southern California specimens, 90,000 of which are now 
available online.)  A particular strength of this collection is its 
temporal range, which includes many recent collections due to the 
Gardens active participation in local and regional floristic 
projects.  Data is being entered by plant Family, with 5 databasing 
fronts in the collection, and various groups having been prioritized 
upon request.  (For a list of families entered so far, please contact 
the Herbarium Collections Manager sula.vanderplank at cgu.edu.)

Search notes:  Wildcards (%) are coded into searches; so partial 
names can be used.  This is an especially useful feature when 
searching for localities where many different permutations may be 
encountered in abbreviations (e.g., Mountains, Mts., Mtns., M.).  The 
user is able to select the number of records to be displayed per 
page, with set increments from 10 to 500.  Initially records are 
returned in spreadsheet style.  Clicking "expanded results" returns a 
more detailed set of data for all found records, while selecting a 
specific accession number limits expanded data to that individual 
record.  Each column can be sorted in ascending or descending order, 
and by selecting the collector's name one can access all specimens 
collected by that individual.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Sula Vanderplank
Herbarium Collections Manager, (RSA-POM)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 625 8767 ex 231
sula.vanderplank at cgu.edu
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