SASKSearch database - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Map our specimens - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Digitizing the Herbarium
Since 2003, staff at the herbarium have been planning an information management
system. Our database will eventually contain all of the label information
for the approximately 176,000 specimens in the W. P. Fraser Herbarium. This
information will be used for herbarium management, collection planning,
taxonomic, floristic and biodiversity research, and field work planning.
program presents an opportunity to advance biodiversity informatics research
and increase our understanding of Saskatchewan’s plant diversity.
The current implementation of SASK specimen database closely follows the
guidelines for structure suggested by the International Union of Biological
Sciences, Commission of Taxonomic Databases Working Group, and the type
specimens database of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
Institution. Data sharing with regional (Saskatchewan Conservation Data
Centre) and national efforts (CBIF) will provide an integrated taxonomic
system of information. Our database is a central element in SASK Herbarium
and uses Specify v4.6 software. The software project (sponsored by the
National Science Foundation) provides help to institutions with biological
collections to use specimen information for research and curation more
effectively. The scientific knowledge generated will be significant to
the province’s management of biodiversity and, in particular, the
conservation management of Canadian northern ecosystems.
To find out more about
the Specify database project, go to the Specify
Data Digitization Project
The staff in the W.P.Fraser Herbarium are currently developing, an integrated
fast digitization method for herbarium collections. Herbaria contain a
wealth of taxonomic information valuable in conservation and biodiversity
studies. A large proportion of this information is stored on herbarium
vouchers. However information retireval from specimen labels is often
tedious and time comsuming. One of the goals of the digitization project
at SASK, is to make this information easily available to general public
and the scietiific community via the internet.
Our database will
provide a friendly fast and efficient source for systematic retrieval
of a label and/or specimen information contained in our herbarium collection
any time anywhere in the world.
for SASK's informatics and DB Advancement project:
Due to Copyright and Intellectual property issues an "extremely
simplified" model for our current development work is provided below.
However if you are a willing partner in our advancement and research program,
to receive the complete flow chart diagram for this model, please send
an email to the curator of the W.P. Fraser Herbarium (SASK). Please state the name of your Instituation
and reason for requesting the Diagram in your email.The simplied model for the flow diagram is provided below: