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Saltmarsh, Anna

Job title: 

Project Co-ordinator, African Plants Initiative

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Biodiversity, Information and Economic Botany
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Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA (Hons), Human Sciences, Oxford Univ., 1997
  • MSc, Conservation, Univ. College London, 2000
  • DEA (Master), Biologie de l'Evolution et Ecologie, Univ. Montpellier II, 2004.

Digital Collections Manager of the Kew Herbarium.

Leadership and management of the digitisation programme of the Kew herbarium. This includes strategic planning and fund-raising for the development of the herbarium digital collections, including broadening coverage and increasing accessibility, with a view to enhancing the research and amenity value of the herbarium specimens themselves. The role also involves development and documentation of policy with respect to digitization methodologies and ongoing curation and quality enhancement of the digital images and data records that constitute the digital collections. The herbarium digital collections are currently accessible through the online Herbarium Catalogue, as well as other international portals including GBIF and JSTOR Plant Science. In future the collections will also be made available through Europeana. These activities contribute directly towards Breathing Planet Programme key strategy 1 (BPP1) ‘Accelerating discovery and global access to plant and fungal diversity information’ and support the remaining strategies, notably BPP2 ‘Mapping and prioritising’ and BPP7 ‘Inspiring through botanic gardens’.

Selected publications: 

Darbyshire, I., Saltmarsh, A. & Malcolm, P. (2010). Application of the ALUKA African plants resource to African Flora projects. In X. Van der Burgt, J. Van der Maesen & J.-M. Onana (eds), Systematics and Conservation of African Plants. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 771-779.

Saltmarsh, A. (2007). Discover Africa Online. Kew Magazine Spring: 30-33.

Saltmarsh, A. & Losse, M. (2006). Case studies: Opening the doors on the world of African plants. Record Keeping. Autumn: 26-30.