Mobilization and georeferencing data from North Korea in major historical collections

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Asian bleeding-heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) observed by Paul Bailey in Uijeongbu-si, South Korea. Photo via iNaturalist (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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:

  1. publish additional data for 34,000 historical specimens collected by T. Nakai, J. Ohwi, V. L. Komarov and other foreign collectors before 1945,
  2. publish additional data about 20,000 herbaceous specimens at the T. B. Lee Herbarium at Seoul National University Arboretum (SNUA), and
  3. mobilize the specimens housed mainly at the Herbarium of the University of Tokyo (TI) and Kyoto University Herbarium (KYO).

Project Progress

As part of the first phase of the project, 80% of the 20,000 specimens at SNUA has been digitized and cleaned, 3,000 photos from TI collections and 4,000 photos of KYO collections have been collected, and data from KYO and Komarov’s collections has been digtized and published at as well as 50% of digitized data from Japanese collectors.

One of the team members attended a BIFA Capacity Enhancement Workshop in July 2018 and received their certificate.

During the first period of the project, the project lead attented several events including a IUCN Red List Workshop in Beijing, China, the 20th anniversary of Korea National Arboretum (EABCN), the 2019 symposium of East Asia Biodiversity Conservation Network, and World Forum on Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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1 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020
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Chin Sung Chang
Department of Forest Science, Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826
Republic of Korea