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Flora of North America: Synergy with other Botanical Projects

Klinkenberg, Brian [1].

E-Flora BC: A Canadian floristic resource.

E-FLORA BC is an online atlas of the plants of British Columbia. It is a cooperative partnership project aimed at providing a comprehensive, publicly available and centralized online source of information on the plants of British Columbia. Using an interactive atlas format, E-Flora provides detailed biogeographical, ecological and taxonomic information on the vascular and (soon to be added) non-vascular plants of the province. In addition, static and interactive maps provide an overview of the distribution of the plants within the province, and photographs illustrate the plants in a variety of settings.

Presently, we provide detailed atlas pages for the vascular plants of British Columbia, and incorporate within our atlas pages the 8 volume series The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia by Douglas et al. (1998 to 2001) (provided by the BC Conservation Data Centre) and the British Columbia Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification Database (provided by the BC Ministry of Forests).

Because they include specimen databases, plant atlases effectively bring herbarium collections into the public eye in a very visual way through distribution mapping and illustrations. This serves to highlight the role of museum collections in understanding our regional and global biodiversity, and brings to life the efforts of botanical collectors whose work spans centuries. These collections are the underpinnings of our understanding of plant biodiversity. E-Flora BC provides access to several key herbarium collections, including the UBC herbarium, the Royal BC Museum herbarium, and the Canadian National herbarium. The open collaborative nature of the project has engendered help from individuals and agencies throughout BC and across Canada. The ease with which material can be accessed has been a significant factor in the success of the project.


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1 - Univeristy of British Columbai, Geography, 1984 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2, Canada

Keywords:
Atlas
Flora of North America
British Columbia
Interactive mapping
public engagement.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: 70-6
Location: 352/Holt
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Time: 11:30 AM
Abstract ID:366


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