Georeferencing for Research Use, a Short Course

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iDigBio (, the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) (, and NCEAS ( are pleased to announce the iDigBio Georeferencing for Research Use Short Course in Santa Barbara, California on Oct 4 - 7, 2016.

UPDATE: Applications Closed. Application submission deadline was: Monday May 30th, 2016.

Our focus is on research use of georeferenced natural history collections data. We will include activities and discussions about best practices and tools for georeferencing, capturing locality data in the field, and using georeferenced specimen locality data in research. Attendees must have a basic level of experience with georeferencing techniques and tools.

After the workshop, we will encourage our participants to share any training materials developed, and to offer workshops, webinars, talks, or other events aimed at increasing use of best practices for georeferencing legacy locality data, best practices for capturing the locality data from future biological and paleontological collecting and sampling events, and best practices for using the data in research.

Some anticipated course content includes discussion and activities about georeferencing integration, georeferenced data visualization, and georeferences for modeling and research. Detailed agenda in development.

Original application link:

Limited space: 24 slots
Applicants notified of decisions by mid-June 2016.
Course Location: NCEAS (, Santa Barbara, California
Who: Interested members of current TCNs and the broader biodiversity natural history collections community actively mobilizing and using biological and paleontological specimen locality data for research.
When: 4 days. Tuesday to Friday, Oct 4 - 7, 2016 (Monday October 3 and Saturday October 8 are travel days).

Contact: For further information and questions, contact Deborah Paul: dpaul AT fsu DOT edu, Katja Seltmann: seltmann AT ccber DOT ucsb DOT edu, Cathy Bester: cbester AT flmnh DOT ufl DOT edu, or David Bloom: dbloom AT vertnet DOT org

iDigBio and the GWG thank the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) ( for their sponsorship of this short course.

Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 (All day) to Friday, October 07, 2016 (All day)
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Santa Barbara