Making the zoology collection of the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe accessible through GBIF

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Elephant, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. Photo by Vince O’Sullivan via Wikimedia. CC BY-NC 2.0

This project collates and digitizes biodiversity data from the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, and aim to publish 11,000 mammal specimen records.

The project produces simplified metadata catalogues and checklists, and distribution and habitat maps to help other scientists and policy makers to integrate the information into their research and into policy processes. The project will make datasets available online using the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit.

The Natural History Museum will host the database and train staff on its maintenance.

Project Progress

Representatives of the project attended a training workshop focusing on the development of practical digitization workflows organized by The Insect Atlas regional consortium in Nairobi, Kenya.

An Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics was organized for the staff of the Natural History Museum and National Parks, and focused on biodiversity data mobilization and digitization techniques

The project has digitized 7,000 mammalogy specimen records.