Organization of Biological Field Stations Annual Meeting and Field Station Digitization Workshop

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iDigBio, the National Science Foundation’s national coordinating center and resource for enabling and facilitating the digitization of biodiversity specimens, is teaming with the Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS) for a one-day field station digitization workshop. The workshop is scheduled for 16 September 2015 and will be held at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory a day ahead of the OBFS annual meeting (17-20 September). We have space for about 30 participants. iDigBio will underwrite the extra day’s lodging and food, so attendance will not cost participants. Recent surveys indicate that as many as 90% of field stations curate biological collections. The focus of this workshop will be on strategies for digitizing and mobilizing data from these important biodiversity treasures (including data transcription and imaging) and encouraging data use by a broad range of biologists and ecologists. Emphasis will be on workflows, specimen imaging, and free, easy-to-use database systems that provide for data mobilization without the support of IT staff. The target audience includes biological field station staff, including directors, collections managers, and others who work with or have responsibility over field station biodiversity collections.

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Deadline for application is 26 April 2015

Questions: Contact Gil Nelson (

What: iDigBio/OBFS Field Station Digitization Workshop.

When: 16 September 2015.

Where: Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (in conjunction with the OBFS annual meeting).

Who: Planning team consists of Jeff Brown (Sagehen), Kevin Browne (University of California Natural Reserve System), Faerthen Felix (Sagehen), Becca Fenwick (Yosemite), Erica Krimmel (Chicago Academy of Sciences), Gil Nelson (iDigBio/Florida State University), Hilary Swain (Archbold), Rick Williams (Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory).


Start Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 6:00pm EDT
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Crested Butte