After a decade of work, we are so pleased to announce that the vtm.berkeley.edu website is new and launched! The full collection (well, almost) is now digitized and ready for researchers to have at the data and work with them. The website is still in beta, but it is ready for your viewing.
We've got the plot data, plot maps, maps, photos and photo locations available for download. Check it out!
Please check it out and think about how these data can be of use in your research. The journey from paper collection to digital data has been a long one, with several cases of almost accidental and purposeful destruction. As such it is a cautionary tale about the importance of rescued and shared historical data in ecological and geographical analysis. We owe much to all the people who have contributed to the preservation and digitization of this important collection. Thanks to so many people who have been working on this project since the early 2000s: Barbara Allen-Diaz, James Thorne, Ken-ichi Ueda, the late great Norma Kobzina, Ann Huber, Shruti Myukhtar, Falk Schuetzenmeister, Kelly Easterday and Shufei Lei, and all of my lab group who digitized the plot data for no reward, and many many others.
I've been collecting tidbits about the collection here, including examples of photo reshoots.