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Systematics Section/ASPT

Thiers, Barbara M. [1].

Transitions in The Global Plants Initiative Project: A New Model for Management and Data Access.

The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) is an international partnership of more than 270 herbaria in 70 different countries with the goal to digitize, unite, and provide access to type specimens of plants, fungi and algae. These specimens are available through a community-contributed database, previously known as JSTOR Plant Science, now known as JSTOR Global Plants. To date, over 1,600,000 type specimens are available for viewing, making this by far the largest online database of biological type specimens. After ten years of continual support, Mellon Foundation funding and leadership for the project is drawing to an end, which means that the GPI community must develop a plan for self-governance of the project. Although the period of rapid growth of the type specimen database is nearing an end, GPI participants are committed to continuing to maintain and update the resource, and to continue the vibrant partnership among the participating institutions that has developed during the course of the project. A steering committee made up of representatives from participating institutions and JSTOR staff will guide the project through this transitional phase. To ensure that the online resource can continue beyond the conclusion of Mellon Foundation funding, JSTOR has proposed a subscription model to sustain it.

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1 - The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York, 10458, United States

type specimens
herbarium specimens

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 18
Location: Magnolia/Riverside Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: 18009
Abstract ID:713
Candidate for Awards:None

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