Mobilizing moss occurrences from the Komi Science Centre Herbarium

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Red-stemmed Feather Moss
Red-stemmed feather moss (Pleurozium schreberi) by Natalya via iNaturalist. Photo licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

This project will digitize and publish label information from at least 8,000 moss specimens in the herbarium (SYKO) moss collection of the Institute of Biology of the Komi Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Efforts will focus on specimens from widely distributed genera (Sphagnum, Dicranum, Polytrichum, Pleurozium, Pohlia, Hylocomium, Aulacomnium) from northeastern European Russia. Information from labels will be captured, cleaned and prepared in Darwin Core format, and each occurrence will include geographic coordinates with a precision of at least 3 km. The digital image of original label will also be included with each record.

The project will document the process of mobilizing data from herbarium labels in multiple forms:

  • an article in the Russian open access peer-reviewed journal
  • a webinar on the institution’s YouTube channel, and
  • a report at one Russian scientific conference

The YouTube webinar on digitization of herbarium label data took place on 22 May 2019 and can be accessed here (in Russian).

At the completion of this project, the team will continue to use the equipment, software and experience to digitize the remaining mosses in the collection of SYKO herbarium, numbering more than 56,000 storage units.

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1 Feb - 30 Sep 2019
Northern Eurasia
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Ivan Chadin
Institute of Biology of Komi Scientific Centre
of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IB Komi SC UB RAS)
Kommunisticheskaya, 28
Syktyvkar, 167000, Russia

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