This is topic 1.4. in the Uses section of the Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections consultation. Use this topic to discuss the questions listed below.
Estimates of the number of specimens held by collections run into billions, but no definitive number exists. A catalogue could help to narrow these estimates and to assess the economic value of these irreplaceable holdings. This information may help to justify the scale of effort and funding needed to digitise collections and make their data accessible for universal, reliable and persistent use.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: Index Herbariorum - Perspectives of a Long-Standing Collection Catalog
- Presentation: CETAF and DiSSCo Collections Registry
- Would more accurate estimates of the scale and value of collections be useful?
- How might these be used and by whom?