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Atlantic Reference Centre Received GBIF Funding

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), under its Digitisation of Natural History Collections program, has awarded funding to the Atlantic Reference Centre (ARC) for the project "Quality Assessment and Quality Control of the Atlantic Reference Centre Museum Database for On-Line Availability". This support will augment past CMB seed money for QA/QC of the database, and will greatly increase the value of the database for the various ARC Internet biodiversity information partnerships and commitments. The funding period is September 2003 to December 2004.

The ARC, established in 1984, is a department of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, established in 1969 as a nonprofit consortium of universities, DFO, and other partners dedicated to marine research and education. The ARC maintains a research museum of Canadian Atlantic marine organisms, with extensive holdings of specimens for these waters. All catalogued holdings are digitized in the geo-referenced museum database (currently 126,925 records). This excellent taxonomic, geographic, and historic coverage of the Canadian Atlantic marine fauna has enabled the ARC to become a major Internet provider of biodiversity information. However, the history of digitization has resulted in a clear need for QA/QC of the museum database. The GBIF support will enable thorough database QA/QC, greatly enhancing data interoperability, exchange, and sharing.

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