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The Burke Museum's collections consist of more than 16 million biological, geological and cultural objects from Washington state and around the world. Online access is available for 957,992 of these specimens and objects, 167,768 with images, from 13 Burke collections.
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To protect sensitive information, locality data is unavailable for certain objects and specimens.
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To protect sensitive information, geographic searches are reduced in precision (generally by 0.25–1.0 degrees latitude or longitude, or placed to county seat or other features) for certain objects, artifacts, and specimens. The reduced-precision locations for these are indicated on the map using for Archaeology materials and for Paleontology specimens.
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You can enter search values into multiple fields for one search. The values will be combined using a logical AND operator, returning records that match all of the criteria entered. All parts of the search form can be combined in this manner, including the form text fields, map search, collection list, search options, and even the keyword search.
Browse lists of values for most fields by clicking the icon displayed next to each field. The list of values that is displayed takes into account any search criteria already entered elsewhere on the form. Selecting a value from the list will place that value into the corresponding search field on the form.
Restrict your search to a geographic area using the map. Zoom in to the area you want to search, select one of the tools (Polygon, Rectangle, or Circle), and use your mouse or finger to draw the chosen shape around the area of interest. To draw a polygon, click the first point of the polygon then click each successive point, ending by clicking back on the first point. To draw a rectangle, click where one of the corners will be, then drag the mouse (or your finger) across the map to the other corner, and release. To draw a circle, click where you want the center of the circle, then drag the mouse (or your finger) out from the center and release once the circle has reached the desired size. Clear the map and start over by clicking the "Clear" button.
Limit your search to one or more collections by checking the corresponding collection checkboxes above. If no collection checkboxes are checked, the search results will include all collections.
Results can be returned in the following formats:
- Web page: The default option, displaying an interactive view of the search results, with specimen and object label data, images and other media, and a distribution map of item locations.
- Text file: a tab-delimited text file containing one row per specimen or object with standardized fields, for importing into a spreadsheet, database, or other program.
- JSON file: a text file with records formatted as JSON objects, for ingestion by programs capable of reading JSON objects. Records returned in this format contain the verbatim record data as specified by each individual collection; therefore, the field names and contents of each record will vary by collection.
- Google Earth: a KML file that can be opened in Google Earth to visualize the location of geo-referenced objects.
- PDF file: returns a PDF document that can be opened with Adobe Reader or other compatible PDF viewers for viewing specimens and objects in a label-style format or for printing.
Usage Restrictions & Disclaimers
The Burke search pages combine and present data and images of specimens and objects from multiple collections of the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Burke). The Burke makes reasonable efforts to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but cannot make warranties as to the accuracy of the data. Outdated names, erroneous identifications, erroneous locality information, and typographic errors, may be encountered. Researchers are strongly encouraged to examine the data to determine fitness of use for their particular needs. Notification of any discrepancies or errors may be sent to the appropriate collection managers (staff directory). The Burke and its staff are not responsible for damages, injury or loss due to the use of these data.
The Burke search pages and their contents are owned by the Burke and may not be repackaged, redisplayed, or redistributed in any form without the express written consent of the museum’s executive director. However, as basic facts, the raw specimen and object data may be freely used, including for research purposes, except as noted below for restricted information. If any of the data are used in an analysis, report, paper, or similar work, the authors are encouraged to notify the Burke and appropriately acknowledge the provenance of the original data.
The Burke's collection databases contain some records and data that cannot be publicly released; these data are excluded from the search interface. In addition, detailed locality data and coordinates are redacted for certain records and collections; the coordinates that can be publicly viewed for these records have been reduced in precision, generally by 0.25 to 1 degree latitude or longitude, or by placing coordinates at the county seat. Attempts to access or uncover restricted data without permission from the Burke represents a violation of the website's terms and conditions of use. Inquiries about access to restricted information for research purposes should be directed to the appropriate collection managers (staff directory), as the policies of each collection vary.
Use of the Burke search pages requires compliance with the University of Washington's Terms and Conditions of Use.
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