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After three decades of standards development and computerization of natural history collections many millions of vouchered specimen records are available in global electronic networks. Vast numbers of specimen records remain only accessible on paper. Available records are highly variable in quality and rich in three decades worth of data capture and migration errors. Far more seriously, specimen data is being brought to the desktops of the researchers and specialists best able to correct and clean those data, without an easy means for the return of those researchers' corrections to those specimen collections. It is this very annotation by specialists that keeps natural history collections vital.

The Project

FilteredPush Architecture

We are designing and implementing a network, which we term Filtered Push, to connect remote sites where annotations can be generated with the authoritative databases of the collections holding the vouchers to which those annotations apply. The name reflects function; Push, as annotations can be pushed from remote corners of the network back to authoritative data sets, Filtered, as the curators of these data sets can filter and reject annotations of their data.

  • Demonstration of a Kepler Kuration Package workflow embedded in a FilteredPush Network providing data quality control and actionable OA/OAD annotations with ingest into a Specify database SPNHC 2013 Demo. See also the recently funded Kurator Project.
  • Demonstration of a FilteredPush Network transporting a new determination as an actionable OA/OAD annotation from Symbiota to an annotation processor with ingest into a Specify database OA/OAD Demo.

FilteredPush Software
Design Development Deployment



NSF: DBI #0646266, NSF: DBI #0960535, and NSF: DBI: 1356438