Botany Thematic Group

Contact: Hon-chung Sum

Because of the special geography and diverse ecological environment, Taiwan has very abundant flora and fauna. A primary inventory shows that there are over 4,000 vascular plants species in Taiwan, and the diversity of vascular plants is higher than most of the countries and regions in the world. The complication of the biodiversity information makes the establishment and structure of fundamental species data (information).more important, and the records, collections, management and preserve of fundamental species data (information) are important bases of studying in the biological domain. Therefore, the management, application, and combination of biological information and database system are the main assignment of the team "Botany" in the "Nation Digital Archive" program.

To implement this program, the team "Botany", included Department of Botany National Museum of Natural Science, Herbarium Institute of Botany, National Taiwan University (TAI) and Herbarium Academia Sinica Taiwan (HAST), besides digitalizing and archiving their own data, and propose to establish the standard, integrated, interchangeable system.


Applied Metadata Standard: HISPID (Herbarium InformationStandards and Protocols for Interchange of Data)

Metadata Elements List

Progress and Result


Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, National Digital Archive-Digital Archive of Indigenous Plants of Taiwan
National Museum of Natural Science: Botany Department, Digital Archives Project of the Herbarium (TAI) - National Taiwan Universtiy
National Taiwan University: Department of Botany, Digital Archives Project of Botany-the Vascular Plant of Taiwan sub-project
MAAT: Ya-ning Chen, Shu-jiun Chen, Chih-feng Wang, Hon-chung Sum

Working documents contain the records when MAAT works on analyzing metadata with the staffs of the thematic group. They include worksheets, controlled vocabulary lists, analysis reports, system requirement specifications, guidelines, meeting reports, and mics. 

@ Working Documents of Zoology and Botany Thematic Group

Related Projects in Taiwan

@ Database of Native Plants in Taiwan
@ National Museum of Natural Science - The Botanical Garden
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