iDigBio, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and the University of Michigan Herbarium are pleased to announce the inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, to be held in Ann Arbor, MI, 5-6 June 2017. The rapid mobilization of digitized biodiversity data, led largely in the United States by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, has resulted in a substantial increase in available data for research and related activities. This conference will encompass the uses of digitized data across all biodiversity disciplines, with special emphasis on digitized specimen data and the potential for “big data” analytics in organismal biology. A full conference description and call for papers are in process and will be released in late autumn. Please save the date and watch for further announcements via several listservs and on the iDigBio website (http://www.idigbio.org). This conference will provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, discoveries, and outcomes across the biodiversity sciences. For further information or to ensure that you are on the email list, please contact Gil Nelson at iDigBio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The planning team for this conference includes: Chris Dick, Rich Rabeler, Dan Rabosky, Alison Davis Rabosky, Cody Thompson, and Priscilla Tucker from the University of Michigan, and Gil Nelson, Larry Page, Pam Soltis, and Alex Thompson from iDigBio.