Occurrence

LWS herbarium. Vascular plants

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Description

This dataset contains the data on specimens of vascular plants hosted at the LWS herbarium (Lviv, Ukraine) that were chosen as prioritized for digitization in 2023 in frames of the NRFU (National Research Foundation of Ukraine) project to virtually preserve them in case of possible destruction due to hostilities. It omits the specimens that were already digitized. It contains data mostly on rare and relict species of vascular plants distributed in the western part of Ukraine.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,219 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Occurrence (core)
1219
Multimedia 
1209

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Novikov A, Nachychko V, Kuzyarin O, Susulovska S (2024). LWS herbarium. Vascular plants. Version 1.11. State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Occurrence dataset. https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=lwspriorityvascularplants&v=1.11

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2758ae0b-88ac-4e59-8fa8-7f2890317ca0.  State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.

Keywords

Occurrence; vascular plants; Ukraine; Carpathians; Specimen; LWS; herbarium; collection

Contacts

Andriy Novikov
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
senior research scientist
State Museum of the Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine
Teatralna str. 18
79008 Lviv
UA
Viktor Nachychko
  • Originator
associate professor
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Hrushevskoho str. 4
79005 Lviv
UA
Oleksandr Kuzyarin
  • Originator
senior research scientist
State Museum of the Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine
Teatralna str. 18
79008 Lviv
UA
Solomia Susulovska
  • Originator
junior research scientist
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Hrushevskoho str. 4
79005 Lviv
UA

Geographic Coverage

The dataset mainly covers the western part of Ukraine.

Bounding Coordinates South West [44.492, 22.395], North East [51.565, 37.541]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Plantae

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1852-2014

Project Data

One of the challenges facing the Ukrainian scientific community as a result of Russia's military invasion remains the threat of damage and destruction of scientific collections. Scientific collections suffer both directly from hostilities and from several accompanying negative factors. Some scientific collections in Ukraine were lost or damaged as a result of looting, bombings, resulting fires, and the destruction of storage facilities. However, the rest of Ukrainian scientific collections remain vulnerable. In particular, some natural collections were and continue to be negatively affected by the war due to indirect factors that in the short term may lead to their complete or partial loss. The collections of the State Museum of Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine belong to the national heritage and are of special value to Ukrainian society and the world scientific and cultural community. The scientific funds of the museum have been formed since 1870 and today comprise over 400,000 units. The vulnerable collections kept in the museum include the funds of invertebrate animals (over 170,000 specimens), vascular plants (over 118,000 specimens) and non-vascular plants (over 26,000 specimens). Each of these collections has already been adversely affected by the movement that took place at the beginning of the war to secure them. Every day these collections continue to be adversely affected by the war due to the impossibility of maintaining storage in a conditions of regular power outages. Violation of the storage regime is accompanied by specimens' damage by pests, mold and moisture, which in the near future may lead to their complete or partial loss. It will be impossible to renew or replace these collections, because most of the hosting specimens are unique. Their loss will lead to the formation of a significant and irreparable scientific gap since these collections serve to establish the history of biota formation, biogeographical, phylogenetic and taxonomic studies. Veiled factor that also negatively affects Ukrainian scientific collections is limited access to them due to being in bomb shelters and/or safety conservation measures. Most Ukrainian scientific collections remain inaccessible to foreign researchers due to the impossibility of visiting them. This has a negative impact on the integration of Ukrainian scientific collections into the global research process; foreign researchers are forced to avoid projects involving the Ukrainian collections. A solution of the problem of preservation and accessibility of scientific collections is their digitization and placement in online databases. Natural science collections are actively being digitized all over the world. Digitization, of course, does not eliminate the negative factors that lead to the destruction of collections, but it allows them to be preserved in a virtual format and more actively involved in the scientific research process. Digital specimens do not replace the originals, the value of which remains high for science, but they are a valuable addition. In parallel with the usual digitization of natural collections, scientists often resort to non-trivial ways of obtaining digital information about biological specimens. In particular, the molecular analysis of the DNA is also a kind of digitization that allows to obtain information about the structure of a separate fragment or the entire genome of a particular biological specimen. Such genetic data is often more valuable than a digital image of a specimen. Even in a case of highresolution image, it is not always possible to detect the features that are significant for the phylogeny or systematics. As part of this project, by digitizing the most vulnerable and valuable specimens stored in the State Museum of Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine, it is planned to develop protocols for digitizing vulnerable natural history collections. Digitized information is planned to be openly published in "Biodiversity of Ukraine", GBIF and Zenodo databases. It is also planned to carry out molecular analysis of certain type specimens in order to assess the prospects of using this kind of digitization. The developed protocols will be published in open access in order to involve other scientific institutions and collections in the digitization process. It is also planned to digitize and make freely available the data of about 6,000 specimens of vascular plants, 3,000 specimens of nonvascular plants and 3,200 specimens of invertebrate animals that are hosted in the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The project was prepared in accordance with the current conditions of the competition, which includes digitization of scientific collections. The project does not contain, does not involve work with information, and also does not aim to produce information that constitutes or will constitute a state secret (according to the Law of Ukraine "On State Secrets").

Title Digitization of natural history collections damaged as a result of hostilities and related factors: development of protocols and implementation on the basis of the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Identifier 2022.01/0013
Funding National Research Foundation of Ukraine, call 2022.01 "Science for the Recovery of Ukraine in the War and Post-War Periods"
Study Area Description The project 2022.01/0013 "Digitization of natural history collections damaged as a result of hostilities and related factors: development of protocols and implementation on the basis of the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine" is implemented with the grant support of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine, call 2022.01 "Science for the Recovery of Ukraine in the War and Post-War Periods". The contents of this dataset do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine and are the sole responsibility of the State Museum of Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine.

Sampling Methods

The specimens of vascular plants deposited at the herbarium LWS were selected using the preliminary created nomenclatural checklist. From this checklist, the taxa that were already digitized were excluded. The most essential taxa, i.e., rare and relict, representing the local flora of the western part of Ukraine, were selected and prioritized for digitization. After that, the photos of their labels were made, and data from these photos were databases. The databased specimens were further processed and photographed.

Study Extent The study includes the specimens of vascular plants deposited at the herbarium LWS of the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine that were selected as prioritized for digitization to avoid the loss of data due to possible hostilities or supporting factors negatively affecting the preservation of these the most important specimens. It mostly covers species and infraspecies of rare and relict vascular plants distributed in the western part of Ukraine and the specimens collected in 1852-2014 that were not digitized before. The study was realized in 2023 and will be continued in 2024.
Quality Control The data were checked manually using MS Excel and then additionally checked using OpenRefine software.

Method step description:

  1. The initial nomenclatural checklist has been created and contains 530 species and infraspecific plant taxa listed in the Red Book of Ukraine, IUCN Red List. It also covered the taxa mentioned as relict and occurring in the western part of Ukraine in the limit of their natural range. After that, this checklist was cross-checked and verified using the POWO and Plants of the World databases and supported by current taxonomy. After that herbarium herbarium specimens of the LWS herbarium that were not digitized before were selected using this initial checklist (including valid names and synonyms). The labels of selected taxa were photographed and the data from these photos were manually extracted to the Excel-based database. Then the data from captured labels were preliminary cleaned and georeferenced using OpenStreetMap. The quality of the final database was manually checked and then it was processed through the OpenRefine, and saved as a tsv file coded in UTF-8. This file has been uploaded to GBIF through the IPT of the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Collection Data

Collection Name The herbarium of vascular plants LWS
Collection Identifier http://biocol.org/urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:13668
Parent Collection Identifier Index Herbariorum ID: 125387
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed
Curatorial Units Count 120,000 +/- 100 specimens

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Novikov, A.V., Hushtan, H.H., Hushtan, K.V., Kuzyarin, O.T., Leleka, D.Y., Nachychko, V.O., Prots, B.H., Rizun, V.B., Savytska, A.G., Susulovska, S.A., & Susulovsky, A.S. Outlining the aims and format of the project “Digitisation of natural history collections damaged as a result of hostilities and related factors: development of protocols and implementation based on the State Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine”. Proceedings of the State Museum of Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine, 39, 19–30. https://doi.org/10.36885/nzdpm.2023.39.19-30 (In Ukrainian) https://doi.org/10.36885/nzdpm.2023.39.19-30

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 2758ae0b-88ac-4e59-8fa8-7f2890317ca0
https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=lwspriorityvascularplants