Third Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in collaboration with iDigBio of the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Natural Science Collections Alliance are pleased to announce the third annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference, to be held 10-12 June 2019 at Yale University, New Haven, CT.
The 2019 conference will focus on methods, protocols, and analytical tools for the use of digital data in biodiversity research and encompass the uses of such data across all disciplines within the biological and ecological sciences. Special emphasis is placed on the use of digitized specimen data and big data analytics. A full conference description is in process and the call for papers and conference registration will open in January 2019. Please save the date and watch for further announcements via several listservs and on this announcement page (https://www.idigbio.org/content/save-date-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-specimen-based-research-biological-sciences). The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, discoveries, and outcomes across all biodiversity research domains. For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Gil Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Goodwin (email@example.com) at iDigBio.
Conference Registration: Registration fees are a modest $100.00 for professionals, $50.00 for students.
We are also pleased to offer the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) popular and successful Sustaining Biological Infrastructure: Strategies for Success (SBI) course, to be co-located with the conference. This course helps leaders of digital data resources, collections, field stations, and labs enhance their skills in strategic planning, communication, and financial management to make their projects more successful and sustainable. The course will be held June 12-14. Enrollment: $849 (discounted from $975). Colleague discount (second team member from the same project/lab/etc): $649. Limited space available. Please contact Jill Parsons, ESA’s Associate Director of Science Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Mastrianni, Science Programs Specialist, at email@example.com for more information.
Conference Registration opens 28 January 2019: Click here to view registration page
- Deadline for workshop proposals: 23 March 2019
- Deadline for those submitting an oral presentation or poster abstract: 30 April 2019
- General registration deadline: 17 May 2019
This year, we will offer abstract submission opportunities for papers, discussion sessions, and workshops.Those proposing workshops will be required to register and submit an abstract by the early registration date of 23 March.
Themes for oral presentations and posters might include:
- published or publishable biodiversity research using digitized specimen data,
- methods and protocols for enhancing discovery with digitized specimen data,
- systematics and the use of digital specimen data,
- ongoing research projects that utilize digital data,
- gaps and deficiencies in currently available digital data that hinder effective use,
- user critiques of digital data, aggregators, and data providers,
- pipelines that integrate digitization, data use, and research,
- standards and practices for depositing and documenting open access digital datasets,
- the role and relevance of “Big Data” in biodiversity research,
- use of digitized biodiversity specimen data within ecological research and practice,
- conservation use of digital specimen data,
- the relative importance of vouchers vs. observations as digital data,
- managing digital biodiversity specimen data in support of research pipelines,
- analyzing and visualizing specimen-based and related digital data.
Walter Jetz, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Jetz Lab: Global Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University.
Plenary speakers include:
José Fortes, AT&T Eminent Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and founding Director of the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Florida.