International Digitization Summit

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Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:12pm -- maphillips

Overview: ALA, CSIRO, iDigBio, Smithsonian, BMNH, Naturalis, and NSF are meeting in Canberra, Australia, April 13-17, 2015, to discuss all projects and potential for collaborations among the projects.

Monday: Pathways to Collaboration: Get acquainted, get settled, high level discussions among main international representatives (above).

Tuesday: 15 minute presentations by all, including the following (titles/order/etc. tentative at this point). This day to include collections folks from Australia, hence larger audience.

  • Larry Page: Overview of iDigBio, its genesis, development, funding, future, ADBC, NIBA, etc.)
  • Pam Soltis: Role in advancing scientific research with digitized data
  • Bruce MadFadden: iDigBio - Education and outreach
  • Greg Riccardi: iDigBio's role in facilitating and enabling digitization
  • Jose Fortes: Cyberinfrastructure, portal and data             
  • David Jennings: Project management     
  • Austin Mast: Public participation and citizen science management            
  • Gil Nelson: Community building, digitization workflow development, training and product workshops
  • Paul Kimberly: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History: Rapid capture techniques
  • Keping Ma: National Specimen Information Infrastructure of China (NSII)
  • Vince Smith: NHM Digital Collections Programme and the NHM Data Portal
  • Paul Flemons: DigiVol- Taking crowdsourcing to the next level with structured volunteering
  • Alexis Tindall & Alison Vaughan: Community coordination for Australian herbaria and zoological collections
  • Dan Gledhill: Digital tools for taxonomy: maps, images, x-rays and the ALA
  • Changming Sun: Feature extraction from insect wings (dragonfly example)
  • Stuart Anderson: Putting 3D Insect Scans to Work

Wednesday/Thursday: Extended discussions, about 1.5 hours each on such topics as crowdsourcing/citizen science, cyber infrastructure, workflow, global collections for advancing scientific research, etc. Collection tours to be included in these days. Content for these days is still being worked out.

Friday: Field trip to local natural area.

Saturday: Depart

Lodging: ANU campus, hotel-style. We provide rooming list, ALA will secure reservations. Will determine a contact for Cathy/Molly at hotel and ALA/CSIRO.

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Start Date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015 (All day) to Friday, April 17, 2015 (All day)
Canberra, Australia