Projects are primarily endeavors that contribute specimens, use specimens, or both, but also serve as a convenient place to arbitrarily group things like Media and Publications. Dissertations and expeditions are two examples of potential projects. Because information about incoming specimens is recorded as accessions, and because information about specimen usage is recorded as loans, relationships between projects can be queried. Project descriptions, and their relationships to specimens and publications, are intended to:

Projects can be created retroactively in order to reflect the historic usage or origin of specimens, or projects can be created in the process of requesting a loan or describing an incoming accession. A project has a title, a description, a start date, an end date, and participating agents who have roles. Projects may also produce publications to which they can be related even in the absence of specimen citations.


Like projects themselves, project titles may be composed retrospectively or they may originate from the participants. Titles should avoid jargon and be understandable to non-specialists, such as educated taxpayers. Titles should be self-explanatory, stand alone, and contain enough information for a user to decide whether to investigate further or not. In format, project titles are like journal article and book chapter titles. Recommended format is to capitalize only the first letter of the title and proper names, and punctuate the end of the title with a period unless it is otherwise punctuated.


Description is an abstract of one to about ten sentences. Description should demonstrate the importance of the work and justify the use of museum specimens. Vocabulary and grammar must be suitable for public display. New projects requesting use of specimens should include such descriptions as part of their requests. Markdown is acceptable. Useless or absent descriptions will result in the project being under-exposed – include at least 100 meaningful characters for the project to show up in search results. Write something meaningful here. Really. Please.

Start Date

and End Date will often be approximate, and End Date can be ignored for projects that are active. Often, the date that a request for specimens is received is used as the start date, and the date that results are last published is used as the end date.

Project Agents

are the people or agencies doing the project. Their names are drawn from the agent table and must be entered there if they are not already in the database.

Agent Roles

describe what the agents do as project participants. The values for this field are controlled by a code table.

Agent Order

is the order in which the agents will be displayed. A principal investigator would usually be number one followed by co-investigators. In the case of a doctoral thesis or dissertation, the student is usually first and the major advisor second, though this could be an issue of some delicacy.

Funded USD

Amount in US Dollars for which a project has been funded.


To delete a project, first delete all dependencies then a delete button will appear.

Each project generates a unique hyperlink comprised of its internal project ID. Example: {base URL}/project/{projectID} such as:

How To

Instructions for doing specifc tasks related to Projects in Arctos (please note that “under construction” icons on pages indicate that the documentation may be incomplete or out-of-date):

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