The SEINet North American plant network was the first Symbiota-based project to be configured as a fully integrated portal network. SEINet currently features 10 regional North American portals, each of which represents a unique perspective of the research community. Data from all projects within the network are configured to access a single shared database. Given this configuration, an herbarium from the Midwest consortium (http://midwestherbaria.org), such as the Field Museum, can enter specimens collected within Sonora, Mexico and the data would simultaneously be available within the North Mexico consortium portal (http://herbanwmex.net). This configuration gives the regional communities control over their portal identity without the restrictions associated with working within a closed network.
The Arizona – New Mexico chapter of SEINet covers the southwestern region of North America with a particular interest in the arid regions.
- Sponsors and Portal Managers
- Prior digitization support: BRC-0237418, HR-0847966
Consortium of Midwest Herbaria
This portal focuses around the Great Lakes drainage basin and includes the six states that border the western Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
- ADBC TCN NSF aware #1410683: Documenting the Occurrence through Space and Time of Aquatic Non-indigenous Fish, Mollusks, Algae, and Plants Threatening North America’s Great Lakes
This specimen-based virtual flora covers the Intermountain Region, which is defined as the region between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, but the precise interpretation of the phrase varies. The region’s biota is determined in large part by its variable and scant precipitation, most of which falls in winter, and its large fluctuations in temperature, both daily and seasonal.
The Madrean Discovery Expeditions (MDE) and Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) Projects virtual data portals were created to serve as a gateway for the research community and general public to access a growing collection of specimen and observations records obtained from the Sky Island Region of southwestern US and northern Mexico.
Mid-Atlantic Herbaria Consortium
The Mid-Atlantic Herbaria Consortium includes herbaria from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and D.C. The Consortium serves as the portal for the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis Project. We invite any Mid-Atlantic herbaria to join us online in digitizing the rich resources that are our regional plant collections. See link below for more information:
- National Science Foundation digitization awards: 1601697, 1600981, 1601393, 1600976, 1601429, 1601101, 1601503
This portal brings together information from herbaria in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
Red de Herbarios del Noroeste de México
The main objective of this site is to establish a virtual flora to assist in the exploration of the botanical biodiversity of northern Mexico, including the states of Baja California, South Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and Durango. This site is the first multi-lingual portal within the SEINet network.
El objetivo de este sitio web es facilitar un herbario virtual como una herramienta para consultar la gran biodiversidad de plantas silvestres del Noroeste de México, incluyendo a los estados de Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua y Durango.
This portal serves to network the 230 herbaria in 14 states in southeastern North America and publish on-line botanical resources that will be available to scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, educators and the general public.
- Funding and support for data digitization
- ADBC TCN NSF aware #1410069: Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: The Key to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot
- Portal Managers
A unifying portal for smaller North American herbaria with various regional concentrations and affiliations. Some 15 collections included as of February, 2014, and hopefully more will join.
vPlants: a Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region
SEINet Steering Committee
- Gil Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) – iDigBio
- Edward Gilbert (email@example.com) – Arizona State University, Symbiota
- Anna Kirsten Monfils (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Central Michigan University
- Zack Murrell (email@example.com) – Appalachian State University
- Richard Rabeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) – University of Michigan
- Patrick Sweeney (email@example.com) – Yale
- Barbara Thiers (firstname.lastname@example.org) – New York Botanical Garden