The Intermountain Herbarium began data basing its specimen information in 1990, using Alpha Database Software. We now use the SYMBIOTA database software via 4 portals:
Vascular plants – intermountainbiota.org (http://intermountainbiota.org)
Fungi – mycoportal.org (http://mycoportal.org)
Lichens – lichenportal.org (http://lichenportal.org)
Bryophytes – bryophyteportal.org (http://bryophyteportal.org)
As of August 25, 2017, we have 167,133 records in the database. This represents slightly over 59% of the specimens in the Herbarium. Of the databased records, 26% are of Utah specimens and 21% are of grasses. About 39% of the databased records are georeferenced (have latitude and longitude information), an essential for mapping distributions, and about 55% are imaged.
Our priority for entering specimens into the database are:
- specimens involved in a herbarium transaction (additions, annotations, loan preparation or return)
- Utah specimens
Our records are made available via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and idigbio (www.idigbio.org).
Growth of specimens in database (red) compared total holdings (blue) 1990-2017: