Nelson, Gil, et al. Digitization Workflows for Flat Sheets and Packets of Plants, Algae, and Fungi. 2015. https://doi.org/10.17615/qesz-xf79
Nelson, G., Sweeney, P., Wallace, L., Rabeler, R., Allard, D., Brown, H., Carter, J., Denslow, M., Ellwood, E., Germain Aubrey, C., Gilbert, E., Gillespie, E., Goertzen, L., Legler, B., Marchant, D., Marsico, T., Morris, A., Murrell, Z., Nazaire, M., Neefus, C., Oberreiter, S., Paul, D., Ruhfel, B., Sasek, T., Shaw, J., Soltis, P., Watson, K., Weeks, A., & Mast, A. (2015). Digitization Workflows for Flat Sheets and Packets of Plants, Algae, and Fungi. https://doi.org/10.17615/qesz-xf79
Nelson, Gil, Patrick Sweeney, Lisa E Wallace, Richard K Rabeler, Dorothy Allard, Herrick Brown, J. Richard Carter et al. 2015. Digitization Workflows for Flat Sheets and Packets of Plants, Algae, and Fungi. https://doi.org/10.17615/qesz-xf79
Effective workflows are essential components in the digitization of biodiversity specimen collections. To date, no comprehensive, community-vetted workflows have been published for digitizing flat sheets and packets of plants, algae, and fungi, even though latest estimates suggest that only 33% of herbarium specimens have been digitally transcribed, 54% of herbaria use a specimen database, and 24% are imaging specimens. In 2012, iDigBio, the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) coordinating center and national resource for the digitization of public, nonfederal U.S. collections, launched several working groups to address this deficiency. Here, we report the development of 14 workflow modules with 7–36 tasks each. These workflows represent the combined work of approximately 35 curators, directors, and collections managers representing more than 30 herbaria, including 15 NSF-supported plant-related Thematic Collections Networks and collaboratives. The workflows are provided for download as Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft Word files. Customization of these workflows for specific institutional implementation is encouraged.