This project seeks to mobilize specimen data from the research and teaching collections of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLBP), Museum of Natural History, holding more than 600,000 specimens, most of which are undigitized.
Located on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands, the musuem's collection of specimens primarily represent the biological divesity of the island itself. While the oldest collections date back to the 1930s, most of those specimens were destroyed during World War II. Filipino biologists began rebuilding the reference collections from mid-1950s until the institutionalization of museum in 1976.
The project team is partnering with GBIF participant ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity for data entry, management, and cleaning training, with the goal of contributing four datasets of about 5,000 specimen records from Luzon across the entomology, botany, zoology and microbiology sections.
To leverage the project further, the team will hold a training workshop to share experiences and expertise in databasing and mobilizing natural history collections, inviting students at UPLB and other state universities and institutions with existing natural history collections or on-going biodiversity monitoring projects.