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Herbarium Data Access


Introduction Data Use Agreement Disclaimer General Citation User Registration Form Data Availability


Welcome to STRI's Herbarium web site and databases. Our intention is to make our data as freely available as possible. Our data sets consist of a species list of vascular plants of Panama, and the herbarium's collections data base. It is considered a matter of professional ethics to acknowledge the work of other scientists that results in data used in subsequent research. Therefore, STRI requests appropriate citation and acknowledgment for subsequent distribution or publication of any work derived from these data sets. Data users are strongly encouraged to consider consultation, collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators when considering using substantial proportions of either of our data bases.


While STRI and the Herbarium staff have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the data and documentation displayed on this site, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". STRI shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.

STRI takes no responsibility for data or other information obtained from other, non-STRI sources and displayed on it's pages. You should consult each sources own data use policies before downloading or using their data.

Data Use Agreement

Any Herbarium data set and accompanying metadata available on these web pages can be downloaded for academic, research, recreational, and other professional purposes. Permission to download data sets is granted to the Data User without a fee subject to the following terms: Data User will: notify the designated contact (Principle Investigator) when any derivative work based on or derived from the data and documentation is distributed. notify users that such derivative work is a modified version and not the original data and documentation distributed by STRI's Herbarium. not redistribute original data and documentation acknowledge the support of STRI's Herbarium send two reprints of any publications resulting from use of the data and documentation to the following address:

Attn: Dr. Mireya Correa
Unit 0948
APO AA 34002-0948, USA


By using or copying these data and documentation, the Data User agrees to abide by the terms of this agreement. The STRI shall have the right to terminate this agreement immediately by written notice upon the Data User's breach of, or non-compliance with, any of its terms. The Data User may be held responsible for any misuse that is caused or encouraged by the Data User's failure to abide by the terms of this agreement. Thank you for your cooperation. We hope your collaboration with our site is a productive one!


The Herbarium data sets should be cited as follows: Data sets were provided by the Herbarium of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

User Registration Form

We ask that you complete a short user registration form (see sample) when downloading data. This form has been implemented as a courtesy to the intellectual property rights of those who generated the data and for our purposes of tracking the use of this data set in order to set priorities for limited resources. Mailing this form indicates that you have agreed to the terms of our Data Use Agreement. Thank you for your cooperation!!

Data Availability

We wish to make our data as freely available as possible. Our ideal goal is to make Herbarium collections database available and downloadable in its entirety. The complete species list is available for searching, but only some parts are downloadable - including single species records, and the check list for BCI. The collections database is complete and up-to-date as of August, 2006. As new collections are added the data base will be periodically updated. The species list will always be a work in progress as species names and definitions are constantly under review. We will endeavor to update the data base periodically to reflect these changes.