SoRo Campaign Recap

 Led by the University of Colorado, the SoRo community has been mobilizing collections from the Middle and Southern Rocky Mountains since 2017 (NSF Award 1702516). Their datasets have been aggregated in the Symbiota portal at

In May, the Symbiota Support Hub completed its second Portal Advancement Campaign, this time focusing on the Consortium of Southern Rocky Mountain Herbaria (SoRo). Members of the SoRo community have been digitizing and aggregating herbarium data from the middle and southern Rocky Mountain states–Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming–since 2017, when the SoRo TCN was funded. SoRo is led by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and maintains a growing roster of funded and unfunded collaborators distributed across the Rocky Mountain, southwestern, and northeastern United States. 
As funding for the SoRo TCN is coming to a close, the Symbiota Support Hub teamed up with Ryan Allen, the TCN’s Project Manager and SoRo Portal Administrator, to offer focused assistance to portal contributors for one month. Alongside metadata housekeeping and data cleaning tasks, the Hub encouraged portal contributors to publish their datasets to iDigBio and GBIF, and they reached out to potential new portal contributors to help the community expand. Campaign participants were active and collectively contributed to the follow accomplishments: 

  • Adding 1.04 million images to the portal from snapshot collections
  • Resolving 80% of inverted elevation values
  • Indexing 19k taxonomic names to the central thesaurus, in turn making 88k specimens searchable
  • Updating 4 snapshot datasets, in turn adding 947k occurrences to the portal
  • Making 18k+ records available to the iDigBio and GBIF data portals
    The Hub hopes to continue working with SoRo on remaining “to-do” items as the TCN wraps up later this year. The next portal campaign will focus on the Macroalgae portal community in August 2022. If you have an algae collection and would like to be involved, please email us.
    If you need any portal assistance, please contact the Support Hub for help with data curation, mobilization, and discovery.

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