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Digitization

The Botany Section of the University of Colorado Museum (COLO) is involved in two digitization grants funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advancing the Digitization of Biodiversity Collections inititive.

Thematic Collection Network (TCN):

Plants, Herbivores and Parasitoids: A Model System for the Study of Tri-Trophic Associations

COLO's workflow can be downloaded here.

More information can be found at this Link.

Partners in Existing Networks (PEN):

Addressing Colorado Lichens and Bryophytes as Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality

COLO's workflow can be downloaded here.

More information can be found at this Link.

Through these projects we hope to image over 100,000 vascular plant specimens and over 100,000 bryophyte and lichen packet labels.  Label information from the images will be read by optical charater recognition to fascilitate the creation of a publicly accessable database containing collection and location information. 

Bryophte label images are uploaded to the Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria.  Label images of all of COLO's North American Bryophytes are now available.  Taxonomy and basic geography are included in the portal but the labels have not been transcribed.

Lichen label images are uploaded to the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria on a weekly basis.