After receiving funding from BIFA last year, the project team published several datasets about the Korean peninsula to GBIF. The first phase this project also integrated the BRAHMS software to allow queries of foreign herbaria historical records and to generate specimen georeferenced data and photo images.
However, the great majority of vascular plant species occurrences in South Korea currently available in GBIF has not been georeferenced. In addition, a large fraction of North Korean botanical collections are held by herbaria in Japan. The priority of the second phase of the project is to improve data quality and fill data gaps in North Korea and to focus on enhancing the completeness of published data and improving the overall data quality.
The proposed plan of the second phase of this project will be to:
- publish additional data for 34,000 historical specimens collected by T. Nakai, J. Ohwi, V. L. Komarov and other foreign collectors before 1945,
- publish additional data about 20,000 herbaceous specimens at the T. B. Lee Herbarium at Seoul National University Arboretum (SNUA), and
- mobilize the specimens housed mainly at the Herbarium of the University of Tokyo (TI) and Kyoto University Herbarium (KYO).