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Paleobotanical Section

Serbet, Rudolph [1], Taylor, Edith L. [2].

Paleobotanical collections: Conservation and management for future research.

Collections-based research has become an increasingly important source of both physical and digital data. In paleobotany, conservation of collections is particularly important as some sites may no longer exist, and increasing regulations or preservation of sites may have limited further field work. In the case of remote localities where additional collecting may be cost prohibitive, maintenance of existing and historical material is crucial. Conserving a collection requires numerous steps. Initially it is vital to define the importance and uniqueness of a collection. Secondly, if a collection is to be accessible for future generations it needs to be housed at an institution that is fully committed to its care and operation. In addition to the fossils themselves, electronic information is essential today, as collections are scattered geographically, and databases often represent the initial portal into collections information. We will present an overview of the organization, management, and conservation policies and procedures of the University of Kansas Paleobotanical Collections. We will also discuss some of the problems encountered during development and management of the associated electronic data, as well as future directions in database management and linkages for paleobotanical collections.


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1 - University of Kansas, Division of Paleobotany, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., Lawrence, Kansas, 66045-7534, USA
2 - University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045-7534, USA

Keywords:
paleobotany collections
databases
management
museum collections
fossil plants.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 32-4
Location: Salon G - Austin Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Abstract ID:71


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