nhmj-ij-collections-20181205

Latest version published by Institute of Jamaica on Jan 30, 2019 Institute of Jamaica

The resource contains digitized herbarium specimens from the IJ Herbarium housed in the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 8,549 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Campbell K, Cross S (2018): nhmj-ij-collections-20181205. v1.3. Institute of Jamaica. Dataset/Occurrence. https://cloud.gbif.org/bid/resource?r=nhmj-ij-collections-20181205&v=1.3

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Institute of Jamaica. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d82eaca8-005a-4002-817c-70c1d2d4b5db.  Institute of Jamaica publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Inter American Biodiversity Information Network.

Keywords

Occurrence; Flora; Jamaica; Natural History; Botany; Specimen; Mounted; Herbarium

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Keron Campbell
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621
Sashalee Cross
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Keron Campbell
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621
Sashalee Cross
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621
Tracy Commock
Director
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621

Who filled in the metadata:

Keron Campbell
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Keron Campbell
Botanist
Institute of Jamaica 10-16 East Street N/A Kingston N/A JM 8769220621

Geographic Coverage

The range is the island of Jamaica which is located within the Greater Antilles. The island is the second smallest within the Greater Antilles and rich in biodiversity.

Bounding Coordinates South West [17.109, -78.574], North East [19.145, -75.773]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1900-01-01 / 2018-01-01

Project Data

Access to relevant data and information is critical for conservation of Jamaican biodiversity, especially in light of habitat destruction, invasive alien species (IAS) and climate change. The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) as the national repository of flora and fauna has been instrumental in generating and providing access to Jamaican biodiversity data and information. Its mission is to collect and preserve biodiversity, conduct scientific research and disseminate information to the general public and conservation practitioners. Our biological collections, the oldest and most comprehensive locally, represent all habitat types for Jamaica. Much of our Science Library’s rare books, scientific papers, images and maps complement the biological collections. Referencing these collections, the NHMJ has worked with national project partners (National Environment and Planning Agency and Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust) to develop national conservation strategies and action plans, and protected area management plans. Furthermore, Jamaica’s wildlife research permit system requires that researchers deposit duplicate specimens with the Museum. By enabling national partners along with overseas partner, the Natural History Museum in London, to strengthen collaborative ties and technical resources this project will improve biodiversity knowledge and access to scientific data. Key activities include training in the digitization of publications and specimens, creation of metadata for biological datasets, mapping of research and species distributions, and global sharing of species images, records, and maps. The proposed Biodiversity Information for National Development workshop is intended to highlight the uses of project data for especially IAS management, National Park planning and wildlife research monitoring.

Title Advancing Jamaican Biodiversity Data Products and Information Services
Identifier BID-CA2016-0001-NAC
Funding This project is made possible through a grant from GBIF and supporting funding through the government of Jamaica.
Study Area Description The project covers specimens collected in Jamaica and its various ecosystems.
Design Description The project objective is to increase access to the Natural History Museum of Jamaica's collections and other related biodiversity data. This will be realized through training and capacity building of staff and subsequent digitization and utilization of technologies to accomplish the main objective.

The personnel involved in the project:

Publisher
Keron Campbell
Content Provider
Sashalee Cross
Custodian Steward
Tracy Commock
Content Provider
Courtney Lyn
Content Provider
Annmarie Williams
Programmer
Reginald Evans
Programmer
Tendi Henry

Sampling Methods

Specimens were collected using standard methods in the field utilizing secateurs and plant presses. These collections were for general collecting to expand the national collections, specific collections for projects focusing on a specie, genus, family, group or combinations thereof.

Study Extent The study extent covers the entire territory of Jamaica. The preserved specimens were collected across all parishes and cays.
Quality Control Persons were trained by project partners from the British Museum of Natural History in the digitization of specimens and the setting up of workflows. Additionally training in data cleaning, management and publishing was received through the BID capacity building workshop. Verification of data were performed in house by Botanist and Data Entry Officer and checked on the GBIF data portal.

Method step description:

  1. Specimen selection is carried out first with Jamaican specimens with complete label data being referred to specimens with incomplete label data. These specimens are removed from the general collections. Each specimen is barcode assigned a barcode which was generated by using a modified Google Spread Sheet. The barcodes are the affixed to the specimens. The barcodes are scanned into the Specify database and the record is associated with the barcode number. The label data is then transcribed from the label and entered into the relevant fields within the database. The specimen is also imaged using a Canon EOS 5DS R digital SLR camera and a customized light box. Barcode filer software then assigns the barcode as the image filename. The image is then processed using the XnConverter software which facilitates the rotation, resizing and cropping of the images which are then stored in a new folder as processed images. The image is then linked to the Specify record and appears in the database in the relevant window. The specimen is then moved through steps of verification where the inputted data is cross checked with the label data. Other cleaning exercises are also carried out including formatting, name verification through the GBIF Tool, conversion of measurements (e.g. coordinates and altitude) and standardization of collector names and authorities. A system set up is done internally in Specify to accommodate data export. Information such as the Institution code, copyright and collection description are inserted. An internal Schema configuration is also set up to facilitate the export of the data in a format compatible with the GBIF platform. The Darwin Core standards and vocabulary used to generate a new mapping within Specify. The mapping is specific to the dataset being targeted for export. Unique identifiers are also generated within Specify and once all the desired fields are selected and mapped the data are exported as a text file and ready for upload to the GBIF IPT platform.

Collection Data

Collection Name IJ Herbarium
Collection Identifier IJ
Parent Collection Identifier Natural History Museum of Jamaica
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed,  Mounted

Additional Metadata

Purpose The data set was created to facilitate access through digitization. This access will enhance research and fill data gaps that exists.
Maintenance Description The data set will be updated in a timely manner once new and relevant data is obtained that can further the objective of making the data accessible in the first instance.
Alternative Identifiers d82eaca8-005a-4002-817c-70c1d2d4b5db
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