Libraries of Life Launches at iDigBio Summit V


The iDigBio Augmented Reality Public Education/Outreach Working Group released the Libraries of Life mobile app and card set to great enthusiasm at the iDigBio Summit V in Arlington, VA.  The fifteen cards each feature a different project funded by NSF's Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, and each card launches a 3D model in the mobile device's viewer that brings specimens to life for the public.  For example, the card with a pitcher plant herbarium specimen on the card launches a detailed 3D model of a pitcher plant (see photo), the orientation of which can be manipulated with the orientation of the card.   The cards are available to download and print through the app, and further resources are available at, including educational materials. The app is now available through the Apple App Store for iOS devices; creation of an app for Android devices is currently being discussed.  For more information, contact Anne Basham ( or Austin Mast (