On May 5-6, 2014, iDigBio, in conjunction with the NSC Alliance, will present a symposium themed 'Collections for the 21st Century'. The symposium will emphasize the value of collections data in meeting challenges facing biodiversity and human societies. Digitization of Bio-Specimens has brought a tremendous amount of data on-line for new and exciting uses in research and education. But we as scientists need to take the initiative and demonstrate ways in which the data is being used now, so that policy makers and administrators will provide ongoing support. Digitized data are valuable only if it is widely known as useful.
The symposium will demonstrate the value of biodiversity, and our natural history collections, to policy makers, administrators and others who use collections data and impact the levels of support for collections. The symposium will feature a full day of talks on May 5 and a half-day of talks on May 6. A workshop or other activities yet to be determined will be held on the afternoon of May 6. Topics of discussion will include uses of taxonomic, spatial, and temporal data on biodiversity to address big-science questions related to human health, climate change, food security, and related issues, as well as more fundamental investigations related to understanding and protecting biodiversity. We will keep those who register informed of our plans as they develop. Attendance will be limited to 80 persons.
Registration for the symposium is free, but all travel-related expenses (e.g., airfare, hotel, meals, ground transport) are the responsibility of each participant. Information on accommodations at a discounted rate will be provided once you register.
Workshop Wiki: https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/Collections_for_the_21st_Century
Bibliography Entries: https://www.idigbio.org/biblio?f[keyword]=302
Remote participation will be available via Adobe Connect: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/e540omdlz94/event/event_info.html