Expanding the value and reach of plant data mobilization in Pakistan

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Stonecrop (Rhodiola sp.) collected near the Batura Glacier, Pakistan. Photo via the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (CC BY-NC 3.0)

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.

Project Progress

A data capture workshop was held in November 2019 with the intention of accelorating data mobilization in the herbaria. The workshop was held at the Quaid-i-Azam University with 21 participants. The leaders from the herbarium of Quaid-i-Azam University (ISL) held follow-up workshops in December 2019 at each institution as they has previous experience with data mobilization. The goal was to build the participants' skills, adding data cleaning to the basic data capture skills taught in the initial workshop.

Efforts to obtain better metadata from Pakistani herbaria will be renewed.

6161 records have been added to the ISL dataset, while 6891 specimens were data captured and added to OpenHerbarium (OH). Other funded herbaria will become GBIF data providers when they have entered at least 200 records.

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1 June 2019 - 31 July 2020
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Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad
Herbarium of Pakistan (ISL) and Botanic Garden
Department of Plant Sciences
Quaid-i-Azam University