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Jörg and the travelling BioCASe circus

BioCASe is the web service that can deliver data associated with plant specimens from herbaria. The Atlas of Living Australia has sponsored Jörg Holetschek, a BioCASe specialist who works at the Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, to come to Australia and build local expertise.

By John Tann, Collection Data Management Team Leader, Atlas of Living Australia

Moving data out of herbaria had been identified as a significant barrier to sharing data.

Jörg Holetschek

Jörg Holetschek

BioCASe is the web service that can deliver rich HISPID data associated with plant specimens held in herbaria. Setting up a herbarium data store with a working BioCASe service is quite complex and there has been only a limited amount of local knowledge on how to implement it.

The Atlas of Living Australia has sponsored Jörg Holetschek, a BioCASe specialist who works at the Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, to come to Australia and build local expertise.

Jörg landed in Melbourne in early February from a snow-bound Germany. Herbarium technical and IT people flew in from other states to take part in a two-day workshop run by Jörg at the National Herbarium of Victoria. The participants, who came with a broad range of skills, all commented on Jörg’s great teaching and how much they gained from a dedicated hands-on workshop.

Jörg is spending February and March travelling to each state and territory in Australia. He will spend a week at each herbarium shoring up the local expertise and ensuring that specimen data is being delivered to Australia’s Virtual Herbarium and the Atlas of Living Australia.