iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

UPDATE: Participants Selected, GWG Second Train the Trainers Workshop Agenda

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Save the Date Now and Join us remotely! See you August 12th - August 16th.

Application submission deadline was Thursday May 9th, 2013.

The Georeferencing Working Group at iDigBio is proud to announce the second "Train-the-Trainers" Georeferencing Workshop for Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) and others in engaged in the digitization of biological collections in the United States. The workshop will cover tools and techniques used to correctly interpret textual location data into spatial descriptions that can be used in mapping and analyses. Participants will learn the fundamentals of georeferencing best practices through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, including paper maps, the MaNIS Georeferencing Calculator, GEOLocate, BioGeomancer and online exercises. Special attention will be paid to the specific and unique georeferencing needs of the TCNs and their workflows, protocols, and digitization activities.

What: iDigBio's Second Train-the-Trainers  Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

When:  August 12 – 16, 2013 [note August 11 / 17 are travel days]

Where: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Who: Interested members of current TCNs, PENs and others in the biodiversity natural history collections community.


Jessica Utrup: Museum Assistant, Yale Peabody Museum, Invertebrate Paleontology, New Haven, Connecticut
Carol Spencer: Staff Curator of Herpetology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
Una Farrell: Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence
David Bloom: VertNet Coordinator, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
Nelson Rios: Manager of Collections and Bioinformatics, Tulane University Museum of Natural History, Tulane University
iDigBio Staff: Deborah Paul, iDigInfo, Florida State University

Contacts for questions: Deborah Paul,, Cathy Bester,, or David Bloom,

Workshop Organizers: iDigBio Georeferencing Working Group (GWG)

This is a "train-the-trainers" workshop so participants are expected to have some georeferencing background. Within one year of completion of this event (by September 2014) participants are expected to organize and facilitate at least one multi-day georeferencing workshop or multiple single or half day workshops targeted at the Thematic Collection Networks (TCNs) and other digitization projects of which the participants are representative. August 11 and 17 are travel days. We anticipate a 20 participant maximum and a participant:instructor ratio roughly 4:1.

Application submission deadline Thursday May 9th, 2013.

Application via Google Form:

Best quote from the first workshop: " "I feel like I've just come out of the dark ages."

Blog about the first workshop:

For an idea of probable course content, see the Agenda and course outline from the first iDigBio Train-the-Trainers  Georeferencing Workshop.

Scenes from the first iDigBio Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop on Facebook.

REMOTE PARTICIPATION. Free remote attendance to hear presentations / lectures / exercises will be available using Adobe Connect. Course content on iDigBio Wiki.