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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Durand, Amber [1], Burke, Janelle [2], Skema, Cynthia [3].

Videos as Outreach Tools to Build Community in Natural History Collections Research: Examples from Howard University.

The Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis (MAM) Project at Howard University was launched in the Spring of 2017. The Howard University Herbarium is one of twelve institutions across the Mid-Atlantic digitizing approximately 800,000 herbarium specimens. The objective of this project is to understand the vascular plant distribution in the urban corridor from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Presently, the Howard Herbarium has uploaded over 85% of our mid-Atlantic specimen images onto the online data portal (, and is in the process of transcribing specimen labels online. In an effort to demonstrate the significance of this project, we present two different videos we have produced to highlight the MAM Project both to students at Howard University, and to students at other institutions interested in natural history collections more broadly. The first is a transcription training video that will provide a hands-on approach to developing awareness of ecological studies to high school and introductory college students. The second is an outreach video including short interviews of the Burke Laboratory members, in which they elaborate on their initial interest in working with natural history collections. These videos will provide a practical tool to provide transcription training, advertise the data available through online portal of the MAM Project at Howard University, and also to promote student interest in the upkeep of natural history collections.

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Related Links:
Mid-Atlantic Herbaria Consortium

1 - Howard University, Biology, 415 College St NW, Washington, DC, 20059, USA
2 - Howard University, Biology, 415 College St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001, USA
3 - Morris Arboretum Of The University Of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19119, United States


Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 12, Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization
Location: 105/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM
Number: 12011
Abstract ID:810
Candidate for Awards:None

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