iDigBio Paleocollections Workshop

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iDigBio Paleocollections Workshop

Gainesville, FL

(7pm, Thu. 26 April – 9pm, Sat. 28 April)


Rationale and Workshop Goals

Paleontology is oftentimes a core research emphasis of many U.S. natural history museum collections. The iDigBio is sponsoring this workshop to address the digitization needs, opportunities and Grand Challenges of the paleontological collections community throughout the U.S. Workshop participation has been determined by invitation only in order to maximize the best possible cross-section of experience while maintaining a smaller group size that is conducive to open discussion.

The specific goals of this workshop are to:

  1. Allow a forum for dialog and communication among the paleontological collections sub-disciplines (vertebrate, invertebrate, paleobotany, and microfossils).
  2. Present examples of on-going digitization initiatives among the neontological collections communities and examples of currently funded digitization projects.
  3. Facilitate dialog between the paleo and neontological collections communities to promote integration of collection data.
  4. Facilitate a discussion of the collections digitization needs, priorities, and Grand Challenges for the paleo community.


Intended Outcomes

  1. Increased awareness of digitization needs, opportunities, and Grand Challenges within the paleo community.
  2. Increased awareness and understanding of the paleo community of digitization activities within the neontological community, and vice-versa.
  3. Report from this workshop to be posted on iDigBio website and sent to NSF as part of report.
  4. New collaborations/network(s) formed.
  5. Formation of Paleocollections working group.
  6. Follow-up activities at GSA, SPNCH, etc.
Start Date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:00pm EDT to Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 9:00pm EDT