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Research Project: Collaborative Databasing of North American Bee Collections Within a Global Informatics Network

Location: Pollinating Insects-- Biology, Management and Systematics Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this collaborative project is to make georeferenced, bee specimen data from the U.S. National Pollinating Insects Collection, USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory, and four other major U.S. collections of bees, available to the research community.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Work will focus on data cleaning of the existing specimen level database of bees from the U.S. National Pollinating Insects Collection, data capture of identified specimens that are not yet digitized, and georeferencing all localities. Specimens will be given unique matrix code numbers, label data will be entered into a relational database with authority files for bee species and plant taxa. Georeferenced bee data will be provided with locality, date, and floral associations except for rare plant taxa.


3.Progress Report

The goal of this project is to complete the development of a georeferenced relational database of all determined bees in the U.S. National Pollinating Insects Collection and serve the data through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. As a result, researchers and the public will have access to the wealth of information on the distribution and biology of the most important group of terrestrial pollinators present in the collection. During FY 2011 more than 26,000 new records of bee species that added more than 2,300 new locations. The database currently has more than 900,000 records, some of them for yet to be identified specimens. ADODR monitoring activities to evaluate research progress included visits, telephone calls, and emails with the cooperator and daily interactions with the technicians inputting the data.


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