The Instituto de Ciencias Naturales
of Universidad Nacional de Colombia includes the world’s largest
collection of biological specimens from Colombia.
This collection is
in the process of digitization, and at the present time there are
235,000 specimens databased and made publicly available at the
Institute’s website (www.icn.unal.edu.co). These specimens include
plants (128,000), amphibians (40,000), birds (35,000), mammals (15,000)
and invertebrates (17,000). In spite of the tremendous value of this
information, its utility is hampered by the lack of the available of the
vast majority of specimens, especially of cryptogams plants, due these
group remain poorly understood in our country and the databasing process
of the herbarium has concentrated on fanerogam plant families. The main
goal of the project is to digitize, georeference and release through the
web information of about 40.000 specimens of cryptogams plants deposited
in the Colombian National Herbarium. The metadata of the project will be
generated, and controlled vocabularies will be used to increase the
quality of the data.
All the information will be available in the WebPages of the ICN, as
same as through the IABIN network and the Distributed Searches Engine of
the SIB-Colombia, coordinated by theColombian focal point. Data
structure will follow the standards defined by IABIN, both the Darwin
Core and the SIB-Colombia´s Minimal Standards for Information Exchange.
The project will be developed in 12 months and it will cost USD
$64.043,78. The project requests USD $ 10. 000 from IABIN.