|Title||Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 2013 Symposium (Afternoon Session)|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Conference||2013|
|Conference Name||Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 2013|
|Keywords||SPNHC, SPNHC 2013|
|Abstract||As part of the SPNHC meeting, iDigBio and the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NCSA) hosted a symposium on digitization and dissemination of natural history data. This will be organized into two sessions on Thursday, June 20. This recording was taken during the afternoon session.|
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As part of the SPNHC meeting, iDigBio and the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NCSA) will host a symposium on digitization and dissemination of natural history data. This will be organized into two sessions on Thursday, June 20:
Joanna McCaffrey, iDigBio Biodiversity Informatics Manager, Gainesville,
Venue: 2013 meeting: 28th annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
Date: June 20, 2013
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and
Symposium (Afternoon session): Diverse Uses for Natural History Collections
Afternoon session length:½ day
This session will provide examples of how natural history collections specimens and data are being used for research, natural resource management and education. One goal of the session, in addition to showcasing the use of natural history collections in diverse fields, is to introduce the collections community to the needs and recent progress towards understanding what the data needs, challenges, and perspectives of users of these data are.
Session speakers will present their studies and activities within this context.
Following the presentations, we will invite speakers to a panel discussion on needs and challenges encountered by users when trying to find and use natural history collections specimens and data, as well as sharing of ideas for improving data delivery and use of natural history collections by new and existing users of these data.
3:00 – 3:30 PM BREAK
4:30 - 5:00 PM PANEL
Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) is the national resource for digitized information about existing, vouchered natural history collections within the context established by the community strategic plan for the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA) and is supported through funds from the NSF program Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections. As such, iDigBio serves as the administrative home for the national digitization effort; fosters partnerships and innovations; facilitates the determination and dissemination of digitization practices and workflows; establishes integration and interconnectivity among the data generated by collection digitization projects; and promotes the uses of biological/paleontological collections data by the scientific community and stakeholders including government agencies, educational institutions, NGOs, and other national and international entities to benefit science and society through enhanced research, educational, and outreach activities. iDigBio provides these services to all stakeholders with clarity, simplicity, transparency, intuitive methodology, and intuitive design.
The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) is a nonprofit association that supports natural science collections, their human resources, the institutions that house them, and their research activities for the benefit of science and society. Our institutional members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities, and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.