The Moscow Digital Herbarium is the largest biodiversity database in Russia and at present the largest Russian dataset published in GBIF, but only 31% of the records are georeferenced. The main objective of this project is to increase the amount of geodata associated with these records.
After completion of the Noah’s Ark megagrant (2015–2018) that aimed to support the Moscow University biological collections, we faced some problems with fundings to promote further digitization activities. The project is aimed to improve georeferencing of European Russia holdings already imaged for the Moscow Digital Herbarium.
As of 30 December 2018, we had imaged and published online 384,201 herbarium specimens from European Russia, of which 121,690 (31.6%) were georeferenced. A commercial partner will capture text from 33,800 labels—an essential step for structuring the dataset prior to georeferencing performed by four herbarium staff members. We expect that the project will allow georeferencing of an additional 54,450 specimens from European Russia. Results will be added to our database and synchronized weekly in our GBIF dataset.