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This specimen-based biocultural diversity data portal is more than just a web site - it is a suite of user-friendly, web-based plant specimen data access technologies to aid taxonomists, field biologists, ecologists, educators, and citizen scientists in the study of the biodiversity of the Pan-Himalaya region. The specimen data are derived from a network of collaborating researchers, colleges, universities, botanical gardens, and government centres that provide taxonomic, environmental, and specimen-based biological information.

Using the Symbiota software (symbiota.org) which was developed for the delivery of virtual online floras, these data are directly accessible to dynamically generate geo-referenced species checklists, distribution maps, and interactive identification keys, all linked with a rich collection of digital imagery documenting the biocultural diversity of the Pan-Himalaya region.
[Learn more about the Specimen Digitization and Data mobilization project and the Herbaria Network...
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