Systematics Section / ASPT
Murrell, Zack E. .
SERNEC (SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections): Partnerships and Infrastructure.
SERNEC (SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections) is designed to facilitate the process of making herbarium collection information electronically available and searchable, by building partnerships, encouraging the utilization of the collective expertise of the network and assisting herbaria in providing information to the public. SERNEC is 1) networking the 150 herbaria in 15 states in southeastern North America, 2) developing a strategy for advancing each state’s ongoing databasing effort and 3) working to publish online botanical resources that will be available to scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, educators and the general public. Three major challenges are associated with this project: 1) the need for community standards to increase the power of this research tool, 2) the disparity in resources available to the various collections, and 3) the need for effective communication among state, regional, and taxonomic working groups. SERNEC is partnering with NBII/SAIN (National Biological Information Infrastructure/Southern Appalachian Information Node), University of Tennessee SunSITE and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research Center to provide technical expertise. This expertise will provide data capture and curatorial advice, data manipulation and modeling expertise, and will facilitate the use of appropriate technologies to promote communication within the network, to the greater scientific community and to the public. SERNEC is supported by The Society of Herbarium Curators and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. Development of a searchable collective database at a regional scale will provide a powerful research tool, and by combining 150 years of botanical information housed in herbaria in the Southeast with models of past plant migrations and current ecological parameters, we can revolutionize studies in biodiversity, evolution, ecology and systematics. This presentation will address the value of SERNEC as a model system and will explore the infrastructure and partnerships needed to bring this project to fruition.
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1 - Appalachian State University, Biology, 572 Rivers Street, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 3:45 PM