[Taxacom] US Virtual Herbarium prject and the recent NSF solicitation for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections

Mary Barkworth Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
Fri Sep 17 16:16:18 CDT 2010

United States Virtual Herbarium (USVH) Position Statement Regarding the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) Program Solicitation
September, 2010
USVH Steering Committee

The USVH Steering Committee will not be submitting a proposal in response to the NSF ADBC solicitation.  NSF is accepting two types of proposals: Home Uniting Biocollections or HUB proposals; and Thematic Collections Networks or TCN proposals. Given that the primary goal of the USVH project is the digitization of all specimens in all herbaria in the United States the USVH cannot be a HUB (although we shall, of course, work with any funded HUB) and the maximum amount of funding available for TCN proposals is too small to support the USVH as a theme.
The USVH recognizes, however, that it may be useful for those who are planning to submit a plant-oriented TCN proposal to have the opportunity to share their ideas ahead of submission and become aware of any additional and related collaboration opportunities within the herbarium community or of refinements that would sharpen their proposal. The USVH encourages the herbarium community to work together to make all of the plant-oriented proposals better without impeding or discouraging their development or submission. The more we can demonstrate that plant and fungal collections networks are primed and ready, the better for all.
The idea of talking together about our plant-oriented TCN proposals beforehand is a new approach and participation in this proposed discussion is entirely voluntary. If you would be interested in participating in such a discussion (probably via teleconference) or if you have questions or suggestions as to how the USVH could help you, please contact Mary Barkworth (Phone 435.797.1584 [Mountain Time]; Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu).
Mary Barkworth
On behalf of the USVH Steering Committee
(Curtis Dyreson, Ed Gilbert, Tim Jones, James Macklin, Mark Mayfield, Richard Moe, Zack Murrell, Giri Palanisamy, Elizabeth Sellers)

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