vPlants: a Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region
- Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
Three major botanical institutions, the Morton Arboretum, Field Museum of Natural History, and Chicago Botanic Garden, are developing an online searchable herbarium (vPlants, or "virtual plants") that will provide herbarium specimen data and digital images of specimens and labels to anyone with Internet access. This Web-based system will include a "portal," housed at the Morton Arboretum, and three separate databases housed at and maintained by each participating institution. This virtual herbarium will be designed using state-of-the-art computer and Web-based technology, current standards for the searching and retrieving of data sets, ease of accessibility by any user, and ease of future expansion (enlarged data sets as well as new participants).