This wiki is managed by the Herbarium Information Systems Committee and is available to the botanically interested public. It contains the Committee's working documents.
Wiki contribution and editing is enabled for registered HISCOM participants, including all HISCOM members and invited observers.
HISCOM is the longest running subcommittee of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) having been established in 1995.
The Herbarium Information Systems Committee (HISCOM) has representatives of the computing and information technology programs of each participating institution and deals with the development and application of new technologies to herbarium management, botanical research and information delivery. HISCOM's flagship project is the Australia's Virtual Herbarium.
Participants in HISCOM include information technology representatives from each of the Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory herbaria and and representatives from the New Zealand herbaria. Representatives from related projects are invited to participate and collaborate.
- Australian National Herbarium (CANB) - Greg Whitbread; Jim Croft
- National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) - Alison Vaughan, Niels Klazenga
- National Herbarium of New South Wales (NSW) - Karen Wilson; Gary Chapple
- Northern Territory Herbarium (DNA) - Donna Lewis
- Queensland Herbarium (BRI) - Peter Bostock
- State Herbarium of South Australia (AD) - Bill Barker; Paul Coddington
- Tasmanian Herbarium (HO) - Laurence Paine
- Western Australian Herbarium (PERTH) - Ben Richardson; Alex Chapman
- Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) - Helen Thompson
- Allan Herbarium (CHR) - Aaron Wilton
- Auckland Museum Herbarium (AK) -
- Te Papa Tongarewa Herbarium (WELT) -
Representatives from the Australian Fauna Collections Information Group (FCIG) technical subcommittee of the Council of Heads of Australasian Fauna Collections (CHAFC) are invited to participate in HISCOM meetings and teleconferences.
HISCOM is responsible to creating and maintaining a number of key products servicing the botancial information management Australian herbarium and botanical taxonomic communities.
Australia's Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
- Australia's Virtual Herbarium (AVH) is HISCOM's flagship project, providing integrated access to information form all Australian herbaria. Its current focus is on herbarium specimen records.
Early Warning System (EWS)
- Early Warning System (EWS) is a adaptation of the AVH specimen information technology to provide dynamic alerts of changes in range or occurrence of Australian plant species.
Herbarium Information Standards and Protocols for Interchange of Data (HISPID)
- Herbarium Information Standards and Protocols for Interchange of Data (HISPID) is the primary specification used by Australian herbaria to exchange collections data; its focus is on specimen label data.
Online Flora Information Systems
- Online Flora Information Systems are an emerging focus for botanical information management in Australia. HISCOM is working towards a nationally consistent information specification.
HISCOM conducts it business through meetings, teleconferences and technical workshops involving all HISCOM participants. The agendas, minutes and outcomes of these are documented on this wiki.
HISCOM holds several teleconferences a year to enssure progress between annual meetings. A teleconference is usually scheduled before each CHAH meeting or teleconference to enable effective reporting of HISCOM activity. Agendas and minutes are documented on this wiki.
- HISCOM Teleconference April 2010
- HISCOM Teleconference February 2009
- HISCOM Teleconference September 2008
- HISCOM Teleconference May 2008
- HISCOM Teleconference March 2008
- HISCOM 2005 Teleconference 2
- HISCOM 2005 Teleconference 1
HISCOM periodically arranges technical workshops to address particular information management problems or manage particular information management projects. Materials for these and outcomes from the workshops are documented on this wiki.
- Wrappers for herbarium data - workshop and rolling circus, commences Melbourne 4-5 February 2010
- HISCOM ad hoc AVH Workshop, Melbourne 27 November 2008
- CHAH/HISCOM Workshop: Future of the AVH, Melbourne 26 November 2008
- HISCOM/CHAH Workshop: Towards a common approach to Australasian Electronic Floras, Adelaide 3–4 December 2007
- HISPID/ABCD Workshop, Adelaide 6–8 June 2007
Annual General Meetings
HISCOM holds a formal face to face meeting at least once a year. To maximize benefit of attendance these meetinings are often timed to coincide with other national botanical meetings and conferences. Agendas and minutes are documented on this wiki.
- HISCOM 2011 AGM Perth — 7–9 November
- HISCOM 2010 AGM Lincoln
- HISCOM 2009 AGM Cairns — October 19–20
- HISCOM 2008 AGM Fremantle — October 25
- HISCOM 2007 AGM Darwin — September 17–19
- HISCOM 2006 AGM Hobart
- HISCOM 2005 AGM Alice Springs
- HISCOM 2004 AGM Christchurch
- HISCOM 2003 AGM Melbourne
- HISCOM 2002 AGM Armidale
- HISCOM 2001 AGM Sydney
- HISCOM 2000 AGM Darwin
- HISCOM 1999 AGM Brisbane (172 KB PDF)
- HISCOM 1998 AGM Canberra (document unavailable)
- HISCOM 1997 AGM Adelaide (202 KB PDF)
- HISCOM 1996 AGM Melbourne (229 KB PDF)
- HISCOM 1995 AGM Sydney (161 KB PDF)
To facilitate use of common standards and practice, HISCOM produces occasional technical discussion papers. These are documented on this wiki.
- AVH 2009 Strategic Plan (in prep.)
- AVH User Registration (in prep.)
- AVH and EWS Interface Design
- AVH web pages QA - issues and suggested action
- AVH2 web facility QA - bringing to public release - Apr-May 2008
- HISCOM Terms of Reference (a proposal for discussion - Apr 2009)
- Terms of Reference (developed Lincoln 2010)
HISCOM produces occasional technical papers on botanical information management subjects. These are available on this wiki.
- BioCase Installation
- Controlled Vocabularies in HISPID
- HISCOM Site Customisations
- HISPID 5 for HISPID Users
- MEL install and database mapping
- MEL Outlier Validation Protocol
- NearNamedPlace the MEL way
- Barker, W.R (1998). The Virtual Australian Herbarium, a cooperative flora information system being developed by Australian herbaria, State Herbarium of South Australia. (624 KB PDF)
- Conn, Barry (1997). BarCode Technology for Herbarium and Museum Biological Collections, National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney. (144 KB PDF)
- Progress Report on AVH
- The Type Photo Database
- Page of useful links: Links
- APC Working group
- CHAH–ALA collaboration: integrate the ALA gazetteer service into herbarium information systems
- CHAH–ALA collaboration: IdentifyLife
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