Sumatra, the second largest island in Indonesia, harbours a significant number of species, including the notable plants Amorphophalus titanum and Rafflesia arnoldii. Despite being the most biodiverse country in Southeast Asia, Indonesian specimen coverage in GBIF is not matched. Many of the specimens stored are either uncatalogued or only available in paper catalogues, including most specimens in the Sumatra herbaria. Access to specimen data is one of the major roadblocks for research and conservation in Sumatra. Increasing data availability will enable more research and better informed conservation schemes in the future.
The project will digitize and manage around 12,000 sheets of angiosperm specimens from the collections at the Universitas Andalas Herbarium (ANDA). In addition, an online database will be created to extend the use of held specimens, increase research and improve conservation on Sumatra. Through these outputs, there is a commitment to further digitization of plant species beyond the scope of the project using the herbarium collection.