Corral: Celebrating 100 Diverse Data Collections

TACC's high-performance storage system serves scientists and their "Big Data" needs

Published on October 3, 2013 by Aaron Dubrow

Corral Data Collections: Biology

Biology on Corral

Plant Specimens

The Plant Resources Center houses more than one million preserved plant specimens used in evolutionary natural history and conservation studies. An integral part of making these specimens more widely available for study is the availability of online images and databases. The center is making high-resolution images of its specimens available to the public, starting with its historically and nomenclaturally important "type specimens," continuing with its specimens from Texas, and eventually sharing the entire collection. Images and databases stored on Corral provide critical backup and will be used directly for online image and data serving.

An example of a digitized plant specimen record. Here, a Trillium collected in Jasper County in 1963.

"The Corral storage resource has played a pivotal role in the implementation of the digital initiatives of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) at UT Austin. Corral hosts the massive and growing database of the Oplontis Project, one of the two archaeological projects sponsored by CSAI. This database contains high-resolution photographs and thousands of entries from the Oplontis Project's study of two sites in the town of Torre Annunziata Italy, near Pompeii.""Literally thousands of hours have been invested in our databasing and imaging projects, resulting in terabytes of digital files. Having Corral available for storage and backup is absolutely critical to the protection of our effort and to making this information available to scientists worldwide."

Thomas Wendt
Curator, Plant Resources Center
The University of Texas at Austin

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