History and Computerization of the Kent State University Herbarium

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dc.creator Cooperrider, Miwako K. en_US
dc.creator Cooperrider, Tom S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-07T18:08:30Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-07T18:08:30Z
dc.date.issued 1994-03 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Ohio Journal of Science. v94, n1 (March, 1994), 24-28 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-0950 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/23598
dc.description Author Institution: Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University en_US
dc.description.abstract Herbarium specimens are useful resources in documenting the botanical component of the earth's biological diversity. The Kent State University Herbarium (KE) contains 63,000 specimens of vascular plants. Ohio specimens, most collected since I960, constitute 80% of the total. The herbarium is currently being computerized in order to facilitate retrieval of information from the specimens and from their labels and to realize other advantages in herbarium-related work. Specimen data are being stored in a computer information retrieval system using dBASE HI PLUS. The data are assembled in individual family database files, each file record comprising 24 fields of information. A program has been designed so that the printout of the fields resembles an herbarium specimen label. At present, data for all the pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and monocotyledons have been entered into 63 family files. When computerization of the dicotyledons is completed later in the decade, the database will consist of ca. 220 family files. The database provides an itemized inventory of the collection as well as ready, organized data for a variety of research areas, especially those focused on environmental change and on the preservation of biological diversity. en_US
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dc.title History and Computerization of the Kent State University Herbarium en_US