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Digitization of the historic FLORIVON picklist data

Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Project type: 
Digitalization project

Floristic data in GBIF are an important source of information for research on the impact of climate change.

One of the largest European floristic datasets, the "National Vegetation Database" (LVD), is originating from the Netherlands. More historical floristic data will make it possible to model the relationship between climate and the distribution of plants in more detail. NLBIF therefore works with the Dutch FLORON foundation to digitize and publish the so-called FLORIVON data. These data concern (paper) ticklists and are the result of an atlas project of the Dutch Botanical Society and the later IVON organisation. In this project plant observations were collected for each grid cell of the IVON grid (approximately 1 x 1.3 km) in the period 1900 - 1950.

The project concerns a selection of the Florivon data and will continue to build on previous digitization projects funded by the Radboud University Nijmegen. The ticklist archive is managed by the National Herbarium of The Netherlands, currently part of Naturalis Biodiversity Center.