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  1. 1. Felix Sperling, Danny Shpeley, Gary Anweiler, and Jim Whittome The Strickland Virtual Museum
  2. 2. The E.H. Strickland Museum of Entomology Acorn (2007) Ladybugs of Alberta
  3. 3. Strickland Virtual Museum - origins 1. Strickland reference collection - VM is a modern version 2. University of Alberta Museums and Collections Services 3. UC Berkeley CityBugs project (1997 - Sperling)
  4. 4. Strickland Virtual Museum - implementation <ul><li>Scope of VM: </li></ul><ul><li>Specimen records integrated with species pages (intended as “knowledge summaries”) </li></ul><ul><li>Regional scope that highlights the Strickland Museum and contributing private collections and naturalists </li></ul><ul><li>(Troubridge collection - big expansion; CD Bird collection data) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Scalable to include other institutional collections </li></ul><ul><li>see: “Unlocking the Legacy of Alberta’s Natural Science Collections” </li></ul><ul><li>Sperling 2003 http://publicus.culture.hu-berlin.de/umac/2003/sperling.html </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(currently includes NFRC records for Sessiidae etc and soon will have CNCI records for AB Larentiinae, N Amer. Panthea ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2,546 species pages 110, 265 specimens databased 894 collector records 4,576 distinct species names
  6. 6. Species pages as: - living documents - publication drafts (esp. Moths of Alberta) - course termpapers
  7. 8. Strickland Virtual Museum - implementation Funding sources: CFI New Investigator grant to Sperling (hardware) CFI New Initiatives Fund: Canadian University Biodiversity Consortium (hardware and databasing) Friends of the University of Alberta Museums NSERC Discovery Grant to Sperling (student support) NSERC NCE Sustainable Forest Management Network University of Alberta Museums and Collections Services University of Alberta Department of Biological Sciences Young Canada Works (summer student databasing) Plus thousands of hours of volunteer time to database and identify specimens in Strickland Museum and other collections (esp. GG Anweiler, CD Bird, Alberta Lepid. Guild grantees)
  8. 9. Strickland Virtual Museum - applications <ul><li>Some key examples: </li></ul><ul><li>1. “Moths of Alberta” open source draft used almost daily </li></ul><ul><li>2. Grad student biodiversity surveys: e.g. EMEND ID’ing </li></ul><ul><li>Undergrad “termpapers” and ID’ing (Ent 427/527) </li></ul><ul><li>4. COSEWIC and other conservation-related searches </li></ul><ul><li>5. Historical analyses - both for climate change and collectors </li></ul>
  9. 10. Strickland Virtual Museum - usage rates
  10. 11. Strickland Virtual Museum - operations Software: MIMSY XG, Oracle, Crystal Report 2 DiGIR sites, with data condensed to Darwin Core Excel spreadsheets for initial data entry; template at: http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/old_site/uasm//database.htm <ul><li>Felix Sperling </li></ul><ul><li>cheerleading </li></ul><ul><li>funding </li></ul><ul><li>Danny Shpeley </li></ul><ul><li>maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Anweiler </li></ul><ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Whittome </li></ul><ul><li>info management </li></ul><ul><li>programming </li></ul>
  11. 12. Strickland Virtual Museum - challenges Funding, training, updating Keeping up with changes in database standards and network protocols Keeping a good supply of well-ID’d specimens for students to database Staying fresh and keeping interest Engaging graduate students to leave species pages as a legacy of their work Integration with DNA and other vouchers (e.g. contracts, theses, bioblitzes) Convincing visiting researchers, consultants to contribute to our databases Lessons learned that could apply elsewhere : Harnessing self interest for the greater good species pages Relentless self promotion is essential Explicit attention to community building
  12. 13. Strickland Virtual Museum - challenges <ul><li>Parallels with “adaptive management” in conservation bio : </li></ul><ul><li>Latta 2008 Evol. Applications 1: 84-94 </li></ul><ul><li>Need to act/ move forward </li></ul><ul><li>Need to maintain control </li></ul><ul><li>Need to provide clarity/ evince certitude </li></ul><ul><li>Need to sell/ convince </li></ul><ul><li>Need to compete for resources and status </li></ul><ul><li>Need to maintain existing institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Need to remain within a comfortable paradigm </li></ul>
  13. 14. Strickland Virtual Museum - future <ul><li>Web-based entry for species pages </li></ul><ul><li>Better integration with other regional sites </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. RAM, InsectsofAlberta.com) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Better integration with national and international initiatives (e.g. EOL, CUBC) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Engaging K12 schools </li></ul>