Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) projects. This year we have three new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and six Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community.
- Digitizing collections to trace parasite-host associations and predict the spread of vector-borne disease (TPT),
- American Crossroads: Digitizing the Vascular Flora of the South-Central United States (TORCH), and
- Enhancing Access to Taxonomic and Biogeographical Data to Stem the Tide of Extinction of the Highly Imperiled Pacific Island Land Snails (PILSBRY).
and the 2019 PENS:
- Enhancing the SoRo TCN with collections of taxonomic, geographic, and historic significance from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium joining the SoRo TCN,
- Functional Quantitative Characters for Ecology and Evolution (FuncQEE) and The oUTCT PEN: Outwardly Mobilizing the UTCT Vertebrate Archive for Research and Training joining the oVert TCN,
- The Cretaceous World: Connecting the Cretaceous Seas of North America joining the Cretaceous World TCN,
- Critical Central and South American additions to the EPICC TCN from the oldest Invertebrate Paleontology collection in the United States joining the EPICC TCN, and
- Integration of data from the San Diego Natural History Museum with the Lepidoptera of North America Network joining the LepNet TCN.
Welcome to the ADBC community, and we are looking forward to working with you!