ASM/iDigBio Collections Digitization and Imaging Workshop
12 June (Friday) 2015
Organizers: Cody W. Thompson & Gil Nelson
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $10 Students Members, $20 Regular Members, and $25 Non-Members
Lunch will be provided as part of this workshop
Minimum number of attendees: no minimum
Maximum number of attendees: 36
Items to bring and materials to be provided will be posted in advance of the workshop
Although the digitization of museum collection data has been an effort underway in the mammal community for quite sometime, there still remain many mammal collections unavailable to the rest of the scientific world, especially those at smaller institutions without the infrastructure or support to undergo such efforts. However, through the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a national effort is underway to make these collections, among others, available to the greater research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public. This effort is being coordinated nationally through the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio).
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. As such, iDigBio serves as the administrative home for the national digitization effort; fosters partnerships and innovations; facilitates the determination and dissemination of digitization practices and workflows; establishes integration and interconnectivity among the data generated by collection digitization projects; and promotes the uses of biological/paleontological collections data by the scientific community and stakeholders including government agencies, educational institutions, NGOs, and other national and international entities to benefit science and society through enhanced research, educational, and outreach activities. iDigBio provides these services to all stakeholders with clarity, simplicity, transparency, intuitive methodology, and intuitive design.
With the help of iDigBio, the goal of this workshop is to offer a template for those interested in sharing their collections with the global scientific community. Presenters: Brandi Coyner, Tanya Dewey, Jon Dunnum, Gil Nelson, Link Olson, Larry Page, Marcy Revelez, Nelson Rios, Cody Thompson, Verity Mathis and Aaron Wood.