Resources & Links

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Digitization Resources

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) resource for digitized information about vouchered natural history collections
GLOBAL iDigBio Wiki page for GLOBAL TCN project
National Science Foundation (NSF) agency of the US government supporting fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering
Symbiota source content management system for curating specimen- and observation-based biodiversity data.
Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) organization and community dedicated to developing biodiversity information standards
Index Herbarorium directory of herbaria and their associated staff developed by the New York Botanical Gardens

Biodiversity Data Aggregators

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth
Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DISSCO) new Research Infrastructure (RI) for natural science collections; works for the digital unification of all European natural science assets
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) access ecological data from monitoring sites across the US
DataONE for environmental and ecological science, to preserve and provide access to multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national data
Biodiversity Heritage Library’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives
NPSpecies and status of species on National Park Service lands
Atlas of Living Australia access to Australia’s biodiversity data
The Australasian Virtual Herbarium to the wealth of plant specimen data held by Australian and New Zealand herbaria
Canadensys Canada-wide effort to make the biodiversity information held in biological collections accessible to everyone
Swedish Virtual Herbarium search page for Sweden’s six largest herbaria
China National Specimen Information Infrastructure (NSII) online sharing infrastructure including digital information of China’s biological and geological specimens
Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA)
Reference center for environmental information about Brazil’s biodiversity

Professional Associations

International Association of Bryologists (IAB) promoting international cooperation and communication among all persons interested in the biology of bryophytes
International Association for Lichenology (IAL) promoting the study and conservation of lichens
American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS) devoted to the scientific study of all aspects of the biology of bryophytes and lichen-forming fungi
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) organization devoted to the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections
Society of Herbarium Curators uniting the world’s herbarium professionals in discussion, training, action, and support for the benefit of herbaria, science, and society