Cataloguing the Herbarium Collections

BLAT is in the process of implementing an electronic catalogue for our herbarium specimen collections. Data will be stored in a relational database which stores information about the specimens including collection details (where, when and by whom) and naming history (what taxon has this specimen been assigned to now and previously, when and by whom). Other information such as the part of the plant collected, related material in BLAT’s collections and any restrictions on the use of the specimen, are also recorded where appropriate. Each specimen will be given a unique barcode and represented as a separate record.

We also plan to have the database consulted outside of BLAT via the internet.

The number of specimens currently stored in the database are is approximately 500