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GSPC Target 1: The ‘World Flora’: possibilities & perspectives – a Stakeholder Consultation

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Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Target 1

  1. 1. GSPC Target 1: The ‘World Flora’: possibilities & perspectives – a Stakeholder Consultation #gppc Chris Freeland Director , Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director , Biodiversity Heritage Library Email: [email_address] Twitter: @chrisfreeland
  2. 2. Goals of workshop <ul><li>Extend overview from Turland’s plenary talk </li></ul><ul><li>Present perspectives from international stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paton, Crouch </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review & discuss procedural/organizational questions </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome: Summary report outlining discussion and possible ways forward </li></ul>
  3. 3. GSPC Target 1: “An online flora of all known plants.” 7 words, n 7 ways of interpreting them
  4. 4. April 2011 Meeting <ul><li>Informal meeting held at MOBOT </li></ul><ul><li>How would you attempt a world flora? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it different than the floras we’ve produced before? </li></ul><ul><li>What materials needed? </li></ul><ul><li>What technologies? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Major constraint: 2020 deadline <ul><li>Have to work with existing knowledge to achieve target by 2020 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ No time for biology or taxonomy” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comparisons with existing floristic projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has taken 10 years to compile checklist of Antioquia, 35 years for Flora of North America </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Major asset: Existing data <ul><li>250+ years of published floras, treatments, monographs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some published electronically, most printed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Heritage Library has efficient pipeline for digitization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>APG to define family-level framework </li></ul><ul><li>The Plant List to define list of species </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TPL needs continuous updates </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Triage: Data Gathering <ul><li>Catalogue existing datasets, monographs, treatments, and floras </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Score publications by criteria of usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitize printed titles en masse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use APG & TPL for family- & species-level backbone </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate descriptions from the digitized resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a rules engine for selecting best description, links to all the rest </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Triage: Data Refinement <ul><li>Publish the flora online with gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the gaps among institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How big is this? What is the level of effort required for this new research at global scale? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide tools for collaborative authoring / curating </li></ul>
  9. 9. Components of an online flora <ul><li>Name & synonymy from TPL * </li></ul><ul><li>Description * </li></ul><ul><li>Characters & Character states * </li></ul><ul><li>References * </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To other floras & supporting data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distribution * </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature-based, specimen-based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conservation status </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Illustrations, photos, specimen images </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul>* = required, others optional
  10. 10. Administration needed <ul><li>Global leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>Team of regional managers </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial committee? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too big </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formatting committee? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too rigid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need a schema, guidance on what is expected in treatment </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Who will contribute? <ul><li>Plant scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen scientists </li></ul><ul><li>General public </li></ul><ul><li>Crowdsourcing? </li></ul>
  12. 12. GSPC Target 1: The ‘World Flora’: possibilities & perspectives – a Stakeholder Consultation #gppc Chris Freeland Director , Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director , Biodiversity Heritage Library Email: [email_address] Twitter: @chrisfreeland

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