Grant: $389,416 - National Science Foundation - Aug. 18, 2009
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Award Description: The Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) was initiated at the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University. It was created to serve as a gateway to distribute data resources of interest for the environmental research community in Arizona and beyond. Through a common web interface, it offers tools to quickly, conveniently, and reliably locate, access and work with a variety of data including, most importantly for this proposal, biological collections. The first objective of this proposal is to expand and improve SEINet in several ways: 1) About 94,000 specimens at two herbaria (ASU and DES) will be added and georeferenced; 2) New natural history collections will be added to SEINet from adjacent states (NM, CO, UT, CA) and Sonora, Mexico for a total of ca. 690,000 specimens; 3) American Myrtaceae collections from the NY and MO will add another 34,600 specimens, pushing the number of specimens accessible at SEINet to over 1.4 million; 4) Nearly 100,000 new images will be added to our image library on-line, with 11,000 of these being carefully chosen as representatives of taxa because of their quality and authoritative identification. These 11,000 selected images will be linked to taxon names and displayed preferentially for checklists and identification tools. 5) New web tools will facilitate specimen identification, the posting of images, and data proofreading; 6) The PI and coPIâ€™s in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Gardenâ€™s existing education program will conduct two workshops for secondary school teachers on how to use SEINet in their classrooms and to bring plants and fieldwork into their teaching; 7) This project will use optical character recognition (OCR) of labels and SALIX, a program developed at ASU that transfers OCR produced text semi-automatically to a database.
Project Description: Funds have just become available and no spending has been done yet.
Jobs Summary: None so far. Funds have only become available in the last few days. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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