This project introduces data mobilization to four herbaria not yet actively involved in the community—University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sargodha University, University of Balochistan and Government College University Lahore—while also continuing mobilization of records from the herbarium of Quaid-i-Azam University. Together these herbaria house about 190,000 specimens. Mobilization efforts will increase data availability in three provinces currently poorly represented in GBIF: Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, and Punjab by 15,500 georeferenced plant occurrence records.
The project will also introduce new resources to further accelerate incorporation of data mobilization into the activities of Pakistan’s herbaria, including a combination of in-person classes and online resources to help expand data mobilization of high-quality herbarium specimens even further. The project team will work improve the data cleaning in Symbiota, particularly with respect to names, geographic regions, and dates—the areas currently leading to most alerts. Workflows will be adjusted to start georeferencing earlier in the project year and to rely on spreadsheets for data capture from the beginning.