Collaborative Databasing of North American Bee Collections Within a Global Informatics Network
Pollinating Insects-- Biology, Management and Systematics Research
2012 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.
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 make that data available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. As a result researchers and the public will have access to the collections’ wealth of information on the distribution and biology of the most important group of terrestrial pollinators. During the past twelve months 25,844 new records of bee species were captured. The database currently has more than one million 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.