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<p>Small collections are often challenged when it comes to information management, accessibility, and ability to demonstrate their importance to institutional administrators. Arctos, a web-based collaborative museum collection management solution, is an affordable way to meet these challenges. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how Arctos has been used by small collections to make a contribution to the global biodiversity infrastructure, both through collection-specific data portals and via data aggregators such as GBIF and iDigBio. We will also review some of the powerful tools available in Arctos that allow investigators to ask research grade questions of the data that are housed in small collections, and allow collection managers to document and report on the research impact of their collections. Arctos offers the additional advantage of being a collaborative system, where collection managers from both large and small institutions work together to ensure data quality and usability for all. This collaborative community helps to break down barriers that traditionally have caused managers of small collections to feel isolated from the broader collections and research communities. Membership in Arctos immediately provides collection managers with a network of peers who will provide feedback on all aspects of collection management. We will review the ways in which Arctos members interact and we will demonstrate how sharing the work of managing collections lessens the workload and ensures higher quality data for the entire community.</p>
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