Herbarium Universitas Andalas (ANDA) is the biggest herbarium on the island of Sumatra and the biggest university-based herbarium in Indonesia, Since its establishment, the herbarium has been the center for Sumatran plant studies, used by international students and scientists as well as local and national government agencies.
The access to the ANDA collections, however, is limited by the lack of an open-access database, and many specimens have not been fully cataloged. Developing an online database and digitizing the herbarium collections will improve access to our specimens. It will provide more research opportunities and collaborations, and for some extent will foster the conservation of species on Sumatra.
A previous BIFA-supported project enabled the digitization and publication of 13,500 herbarium sheet records, surpassing the initial goal of 12,000 records. This effort, however, only covers 15 out of 175 families hosted at ANDA.
The present project proposes to continue this process and to digitize another 20,000 sheets of flowering plants. The project will include developing an offline digital catalog with more detailed information, incorporating information for sensitive collections unavailable online. The offline database will be made available for identified researchers and specialists working on plants. This project will be supported by InaBIF and four notable museums for Asian plants.