National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO)

Latest version published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Jul 12, 2022 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) maintains a National Collection of Vascular Plants, internationally known by the acronym DAO (for Department of Agriculture, Ottawa). Located on AAFC's Central Experimental Farm, it is the largest collection of its kind in Canada. Properly called a herbarium, it includes 1.5 million irreplaceable specimens protected in a climate-controlled environment. When adequately protected from moisture and pests, dried specimens can last for hundreds of years in the herbarium. This is a tremendous resource that allows identification of plants from anywhere in Canada and supports research on plant classification worldwide. DAO is working to digitize its holdings and make them accessible online. Datasets will be added and updated as this work progresses. Refer to our website for more information https://agriculture.canada.ca/en/agricultural-science-and-innovation/agriculture-and-agri-food-research-centres-and-collections/national-collection-vascular-plants-dao

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 1,632 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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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

(2022): National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO). v1.1. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Dataset/Occurrence. https://doi.org/10.5886/giqh2f

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 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: 10cf770a-282a-41dd-9e19-83b7c894b956.  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Canada Biodiversity Information Facility.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Biological Collections Division
Biological Collections Division

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Heather Cole
Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA
Shannon Asencio
Collection Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA

Who filled in the metadata:

Biological Collections Division
Biological Collections Division

Who else was associated with the resource:

Custodian Steward
Heather Cole
Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ottawa Ontario CA

Geographic Coverage

Global terrestrial coverage. Most of the specimens in the collection are from Canada (about 62%), but the north temperate region of the world is generally well represented (United States of America 20%, Europe 10%).

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period The collection contains specimens collected from the 1800s until present day.

Collection Data

Collection Name National Collection of Vascular Plants
Collection Identifier DAO
Specimen preservation methods Mounted

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 10.5886/giqh2f
10cf770a-282a-41dd-9e19-83b7c894b956
https://data.canadensys.net/ipt/resource?r=dao-specimens