Historical collections in the Herbarium of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (CWU)

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The dataset represents the historical part of the Herbarium of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (CWU). Specimens in these collections were collected by well-known botanists and naturalists of the 19th century.

Data Records

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Bondarenko H, Siranskyi V, Gamulya Y (2023). Historical collections in the Herbarium of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (CWU). Version 1.1. V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Occurrence dataset. https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=hystorcollectionsherbariumcwu&v=1.1


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 0cb31d3e-b730-4d8f-8397-cb41b5215cd2.  V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


CWU; Rabenhorst; Gottsche; Livermoss; Algae; Cyanobacteria; Cyanoprokaryota; Exsiccata; Occurrence


Heorhii Bondarenko
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
  • Principal Investigator
Technical administrator
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Svobody Sq., 4
61022 Kharkiv
Kharkiv Region
Vladyslav Siranskyi
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Svobody Sq., 4
61022 Kharkiv
Kharkiv Region
Yurii Gamulya
  • Curator
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of the Herbarium
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Svobody Sq., 4
61022 Kharkiv
Kharkiv Region
Alla Gromakova
  • Point Of Contact
Head of the Department
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Svobody Sq., 4
61022 Kharkiv
Kharkiv Region

Geographic Coverage

The geography of the specimens covers mainly Europe but some occurrences were made in Northern Africa, and Central and Southern Asia.

Bounding Coordinates South West [15.284, -22.5], North East [69.163, 95.625]

Taxonomic Coverage


Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Marchantiophyta
Class Jungermanniopsida, Marchantiopsida
Order Spaerocarpales, Fossombroniales, Ptilidiales, Blasiales, Sphaerocarpales, Metzgeriales, Marchantiales, Pelliales, Jungermanniales, Porellales
Family Targioniaceae, Scapaniaceae, Lepidoziaceae, Aytoniaceae, Blepharostomataceae, Plagiochilaceae, Conocephalaceae, Fossombroniaceae, Gymnomitriaceae, Cephaloziaceae, Ricciaceae, Metzgeriaceae, Sphaerocarpaceae, Riellaceae, Ptilidiaceae, Blasiaceae, Lophoziaceae, Myliaceae, Trichocoleaceae, Marchantiaceae, Anastrophyllaceae, Radulaceae, Herbertaceae, Lophocoleaceae, Pelliaceae

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 1800s'

Project Data

The main purpose is to make data from the Herbarium of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (CWU) available to others. Within this project, we digitalized the historically valuable collections that are deposed in the Herbarium CWU (Exsiccata).

Title V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Herbarium (CWU) Digitalization
Identifier Cepa-LT-2017/10049
Funding Financial support for the project was provided by BioDATA partners, NLBIF, GBIF Norway, and the UiO Natural History Museum (Norway). UiO-NHM's project budget for BioDATA (project number Biodata Cepa-LT-2017/10049, UiO project number 101063).

The personnel involved in the project:

Heorhii Bondarenko

Sampling Methods

We extracted the information from herbarium labels. Most records have modified names of taxa in case they have corresponding names in the GBIF Backbone Taxonomy or other nomenclature checklists available in the GBIF (e.g. Lejeunia spp. that is mentioned in the labels we fixed into Lejeunea spp.). Nevertheless, some nomenclature names were given according to the original names given on labels. The dataset contains the original descriptions (in German, Latin, French etc.) of the locality and the modified descriptions in English. We determined the geographical coordinates of each record based on the locality description. We used open sources (Google Maps, Google Earth, OpenStreet Map, the images of old maps etc.) to find the approximate locality where the specimens were collected. However, some labels have no enough information to find even an approximate locality so these records contain information about the country of the gatherings only.

Study Extent The dataset contains the records of the specimens collected from Europe in the Middle of the 19th century. Most specimens were gathered from the territory of modern Germany, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and so on.
Quality Control Data quality control was provided using some tools that fix different types of mistakes. We fix the mechanical mistakes in OpenRefine and taxonomical mistakes in integrated to the GBIF Species matching tool.

Method step description:

  1. 1. Creating the spreadsheet in GoogleSheets. It is a useful method to make the row database in different places, on different devices, at any time. 2. To determine what kind of fields and how to give names to them correctly, we used information from the GBIF's webpage 'Data quality requirements: Occurrence datasets' (https://www.gbif.org/uk/data-quality-requirements-occurrences) and Darwin Core Quick Reference Guide (https://dwc.tdwg.org/terms/#resourcerelationship). 3. Based on information from herbarium labels, we filled the fields for each herbarium specimen. 4. Each specimen was scanned and images were downloaded to cloud storage. 5. The links to images must be added to the field with a corresponding record. 6. Download the spreadsheet with the database in .csv format. 7. Upload the spreadsheet (.csv file) to OpenRefine for data cleaning. 8. Data cleaning includes some steps. E.g. delete excessive whitespaces at the beginning and the end of a word and between words. Conjunctive similar words into one correct value. Faceting the dates and coordinates. 9. Checking the correspondence of the nomenclature names with the GBIF Backbone Taxonomy (https://www.gbif.org/tools/species-lookup) and fixing the mistakes in the taxonomy.

Collection Data

Collection Name Гербарій Харківського національного університету імені В. Н. Каразіна (CWU)
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 0cb31d3e-b730-4d8f-8397-cb41b5215cd2