Richard Staniforth Herbarium (UWPG)

Latest version published by University of Winnipeg on Nov 3, 2017 University of Winnipeg

The R.J. Staniforth herbarium is located in room 2RC086 of the Richardson Science Complex, and contains ca. 7000 vascular plants specimens, mostly from Manitoba. The herbarium started as a small teaching collection with most specimens collected by professor Staniforth. Specimens collected by students of Flora of Manitoba and other courses with a field component have been added since. Currently, the collection is being digitized and all label information is being entered into a database using Merlin, with guidance from professor René Belland (U. Calgary) and much help from work-study students and volunteers.

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 1,485 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Avila G (2016): Richard Staniforth Herbarium (UWPG). v2.0. University of Winnipeg. Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is University of Winnipeg. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 7efaf3c5-bd1a-42b9-852e-fd39fbc6c5b8.  University of Winnipeg publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Canadensys.


Occurrence; Specimen; UWPG; Richard J. Staniforth Herbarium; Winnipeg; Manitoba


Who created the resource:

Germán Avila
Associate Professor
University of Winnipeg 599 Portage Ave. R3B 2G3 Winnipeg Manitoba

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Germán Avila
Associate Professor
University of Winnipeg 599 Portage Ave. R3B 2G3 Winnipeg Manitoba

Who filled in the metadata:

Germán Avila
Associate Professor
University of Winnipeg 599 Portage Ave. R3B 2G3 Winnipeg Manitoba

Who else was associated with the resource:

Mark Rondeau
Botany Technologist
University of Winnipeg R3B 2G3 Winnipeg Manitoba CA

Geographic Coverage

Primarily the Flora of Manitoba

Bounding Coordinates South West [37.71, -134.64], North East [67.6, -53.43]

Taxonomic Coverage

This dataset includes all vascular plant specimens entered so far from the Richard J. Staniforth Herbarium that have been digitized, databased and geo-referenced. The top 3 families are to be determined upon completion.

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 20th century-present

Project Data

At this point, specimen collection has slowed down in order to allow for all specimens to be databased so that informed decisions can be made regarding what plants to collect and from which locations.

Title Richard J. Staniforth Herbarium Collection Digitization and Databasing
Funding The University of Winnipeg

The personnel involved in the project:

Germán Avila

Sampling Methods

All data are manually digitized as text from the original labels of the specimens, which are later photographed at high resolution.

Study Extent Digitization of vascular plants from the Richard J. Staniforth Herbarium, which are specimens collected mostly from Manitoba.
Quality Control Records are corrected on an ad hoc basis.

Method step description:

  1. Data are entered into the main database through Merlin software, with all taxonomic nomenclature verified according to Vascan.

Collection Data

Collection Name Richard J. Staniforth HERBARIUM
Collection Identifier UWPG
Parent Collection Identifier UWPG
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed,  Mounted

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers doi:10.5886/ptli1e