About and Acknowledgements
CNABH is a distributed network of universities, museums, and state and
federal agencies that provides an integrated network of floristic, taxonomic, and
environmental information. The specimen-based virtual flora model used in this website follows
the tradition of using biological specimen records as the central data foundation to
support taxonomic and floristic research. However, technical advances in biodiversity
informatics now enable us to establish and maintain enhanced connections to the core
specimen data in a manner that was not previously possible. This enhanced relationship
ensures a high level of scientific integrity of the online resource. Furthermore,
integrating the virtual environment with a bio-collaborative approach allows the
scientific community to establish an extensive floristic resource that is complete,
accurate, and continually being enriched by the community at large, yet flexible enough
to be of value to both the novice and the expert biologist. The primary goal of this
project is to advance scientific research while simultaneously creating a resource that
educates and inspires our future biologists.
This integrated, bio-collaborative resource is a direct product of the scientific
community. Since the core data is frequently being added to and maintained through a
network of researchers, data quality is continuously being improved and enhanced.
Initially created with financial assistance from the
American Bryological and Lichenological Society
the consortium is growing to extend its network to
other partners within North America.
Financial and technical support is also being supplied by the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS)
and the National Science Fountain funded
Symbiota Virtual Flora Software Project
(NSF ABI 0743827
In July 2011, the US National Science
Foundation awarded support to a collaboration of herbaria in order to database ca.
2.3 million North American bryophyte and lichen specimens
(ADBC 2011 announcement
NSF ADBC 1115116
With completion expected to occur within 4-5 years, this portal will offer access
to over 85% of the North American (Canada, Mexico, USA) records held in U.S.,
Liverwort and hornwort taxonomy has been supplied and
is currently maintained by Matt Van Konrat, following the taxonomy laid out within
Konrat et al (2010). Since herbarium specimens serve as the scientific foundation
of the integrated dataset, participating herbaria need to be formally recognized
as an essential component of this collaborative effort.
KONRAT, MATT VON, LARS SÖDERSTRÖM & ANDERS HAGBORG. 2010.
The Early Land Plants Today project (ELPT): A community-driven effort and a new
partnership with Phytotaxa. Phytotaxa 9: 11–21