Welcome to Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the National Science Foundation. Through ADBC, data and images for millions of biological specimens are being made available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public.
This is a support position for the Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) laboratory. The Director of the ACIS laboratory, Dr. Jose Fortes, is leading the IT component of a large multi-university project titled “National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections” (iDigBio). The iDigBio project is an exciting initiative to provide software and infrastructure to digitize the nation’s biological collections and disseminate that infrastructure to other institutions.
Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) is the national resource for digitized information about existing, vouchered natural history collections within the context established by the community strategic plan for the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA) and is supported through funds from the NSF program Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections.
The mission of iDigBio is to develop a national infrastructure that supports the vision of ADBC by overseeing implementation of standards and best practices for digitization; building and deploying a customized cloud computing environment for collections; recruiting and training personnel, including underserved groups; engaging the research community, collections community, citizen scientists, and the public through education and outreach activities; and planning for long-term sustainability of the national digitization effort.