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Outreach Activities of the ASU Vascular Plant Herbarium

One of the primary goals of the ASU herbarium is to increase public access to our data and resources. There are numerous web-based tools that we are continually adding to and upgrading.

Collections database:

The ASU collections database is available on the World Wide Web along with other biological databases at the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet). The collections database is searchable by taxon, collector, collection number, and location keyword. Records include collections data and images (when available). Records for threatened and endangered plants do not show locality data, but interested researchers can contact the curator for information on those records. Records that include latitude/longitude information can be mapped by clicking the "map" tab. More information regarding the various capabilities of SEInet and the Symbiota software such as mapping, making checklists, and browsing the image library, can be found at the following link: Making good use of SEINet

Making good use of SEINet: Making good use of SEINet.pdf

Vascular Plant Image Library:

Tens of thousands of images of field photos and herbarium sheets are searchable by scientific or common name. The goal is to have at least one representative herbarium sheet of each species growing wild in Arizona.

SALIX Semi-Automatic Label Information eXtraction System. SALIX.pdf
SALIX is a software system deisigned her at ASU to capture herbarium specimen label data with the use of optical character recognition technologies and transfer those data into a database. The following link will take you to the most recent version: SALIX download

Checklist database: Checklists

Hundreds of Arizona and other regional checklists are available through SEINet:

Making Custom Checklists:
Custom checklist can be created from an area you delineate. See makings good use of SEINet for detailed instructions.

Species Profile Page
The Species Profile page will display synonyms, family, common names,images, descriptions, distribution maps, web links, etc. As an example: Berberis repens

Making Distribution Maps Online

After performing a search as described above, click on the "Map" tab and view specimen distributions using Google Map. Click on individual dots to bring up collection information for that particular point.

Making Packets for Herbarium Specimens:

This page shows the steps in making a packet for extra loose material to be held on an herbarium sheet.

Making Specimens:

This website shows the steps in making a scientifically useful herbarium specimen.

Other Efforts:

The ASU herbarium staff makes every effort to respond to requests and inquiries from faculty, staff, students, and the general public. We often participate in various outreach activities such as instructional tours, field trips for school children, tours of research laboratories on campus, and community-based outreach activities. The ASU herbarium is happy to accommodate any individual or group with sufficient notice. We are also regularly consulted to contribute to the "Ask a Biologist" page operated by ASU's Life Science Visualization Group as an educational resource for students K-12 and their teachers

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