[Taxacom] Herbarium sequence revisited

Elspeth Haston emhaston at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 6 11:37:42 CDT 2006


Here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we are
currently working on a linear sequence following
APGII, with some help from colleagues around the
world. This was prompted by our considering a shift to
using an APG system within the herbarium.

We plan to make this sequence available soon.

We are not yet considering hanging our cabinets on
mobiles ...

Best regards


Dr E M Haston
Assistant Curator
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh  EH3 5LR

Tel: 00 44 (0)131 248 2816
Fax: 00 44 (0)131 248 2901
E-mail: e.haston at rbge.org.uk

--- "Chapman, Alex" <alexc at calm.wa.gov.au> wrote:

> In PERTH, we are in the fortunate position of being
> able to build a new herbarium facility as the first
> stage of a new Biodiversity Science Centre. 
> Our herbarium currently holds some 650,000 specimens
> but the new facility will be designed to hold double
> that.
> I know this has been asked before on TAXACOM
>   (see  Lemson (January 2002):
>    and  Stevens (April 1999):
> )
> and much informative discussion was had, but I am
> wondering if attitudes may be changing with the
> subsequent publication of APG II and then the ATOL
> project, amongst others.
> My interpretation of these previous discussions is
> that most contributors believed that a systematic
> sequence (as opposed to alphabetic) was the
> preferred one if the opportunity arose, however,
> adoption of APG may be premature (as at January
> 2002).
> In June 2006, my feeling is that the basic ordinal
> framework is now strongly supported and unlikely to
> change topology in any radical way.  However, as
> Peter Stevens acknowledged in 1999, "even with the
> APG system, there are very, very many ways of
> arranging families in a linear sequence".
> My question is - has anyone attempted to define a
> linear sequence of families aligned to the APG II
> ordinal framework (and below) and has it been
> implemented in a herbarium of reasonable size?  If
> so, what is the user experience - for both curators
> and visitors.  If it was considered but rejected as
> an option, what were the perceived problems (and
> what system was subsequently adopted)?
> Our team here would value any insights TAXACOM list
> members may have on this subject.
> Cheers,
> Alex
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