Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Data
Recommended Citation Formats
Use one of the following formats to cite data retrieved from the INHS collections data network:
INHS collections data. 2022. http//:biocoll.inhs.illinois.edu/portal/index.php. Accessed on August 16.
Usage of occurrence data from specific institutions:
Biodiversity occurrence data published by: <List of Collections> (Accessed through INHS collections data Data Portal, http//:biocoll.inhs.illinois.edu/portal/index.php, YYYY-MM-DD)
Biodiversity occurrence data published by: Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and New York Botanical Garden (Accessed through INHS collections data Data Portal, http//:biocoll.inhs.illinois.edu/portal/index.php, 2022-08-16)
Occurrence Record Use Policy
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Notes on Specimen Records and Images
Specimens are used for scientific research and because of skilled preparation and careful use they may last for hundreds of years. Some collections have specimens that were collected over 100 years ago that are no longer occur within the area. By making these specimens available on the web as images, their availability and value improves without an increase in inadvertent damage caused by use. Note that if you are considering making specimens, remember collecting normally requires permission of the landowner and, in the case of rare and endangered plants, additional permits may be required. It is best to coordinate such efforts with a regional institution that manages a publically accessible collection.
The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Biological Collections Portal (Biocoll) may contain specimens and historical records that are culturally sensitive. The collections include specimens dating back over 200 years collected from all around the world. Some records may also include offensive language. These records do not reflect the INHS's current viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the time period when specimens were collected or cataloged.