January 1, 2010
The Web site www.CollectionsWeb.org has initiated a new survey to inventory all US natural history collections, produce a comprehensive database of this information, and establish a baseline for periodically assessing status and trends. The collected data will be shared with the natural science collections community for use in research or grant writing.
In recent years, efforts by the federal government have improved our knowledge of the number and status of natural history collections in the United States. Reports released by the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections and the National Science Foundation (NSF) provide valuable information about federally held science collections; however, these surveys reached less than half of US natural history collections. The CollectionsWeb survey will complete the knowledgebase of collections in this country. As a partner organization of the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network grant, "Building a Community of Natural History Collections," AIBS is promoting this initiative to its members. Please complete the CollectionsWeb Survey of US Natural History Collections at www.museum.tulane.edu/collectionswebsurvey.