SPNHC 2016 Symposium: An International Conversation on Mobilizing Natural History Collections (NHC) Data and Integrating Data for Research

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UPDATE. We had over 27 abstracts submitted for a symposium with 9 slots. So, we added an additional symposium titled: Digitizing and Imaging Collections: New Methods, Ideas, and Uses.

Abstract Title. An International Conversation on Mobilizing NHC Data and Integrating Data for Research

TIME: 7:20 AM to 11:30 AM EDT, 1:20 - 5:30 local time Berlin, Germany. Date: Wednesday 22 June 2016

Natural History Collections (NHC) data are being mobilized all over the world. Recent preliminary worldwide survey data suggests the trend is growing. As digitization begins to become an every-day part of collections, many compelling issues vie for attention. For example, cost, prioritization, sustainability, and rates of digitization are four such issues. And, many uses for NHC data are well-known and fairly well-understood. But issues exist with the data, and there is still much legacy data to be digitally captured – before it can be shared with the world’s researchers.

We invite presentations from anyone in the collections and biodiversity informatics community who is involved in the mobilization and use of NHC data. We envision an assortment of talks covering three areas: 1) digitization (including imaging) lessons learned and outstanding questions, 2) new and emerging technologies/models, and cross-discipline collaborations for digitization and georeferencing, and 3) collections data-in-action.

Our speakers may be, for example, those doing the digitization and mobilization of the data; museum collection administrators actively incorporating digitization into their museum’s mission and vision; computer, information, and library scientists supporting digitization and research efforts; education and outreach staff working with citizen scientists to digitize and georeference; or those using collections data in research.

KEY TOPICS: Digitization Lessons Learned, New Technology & New Strategies, Collections Data-In-Action

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Symposium Wiki: An International Conversation on Mobilizing Natural History Collections (NHC) Data and Integrating Data for Research

  1. Sarah Phillips: Lessons learnt from a herbarium specimen mass digitisation pilot
  2. Erica Krimmel: Evaluating collection management systems for interdisciplinary natural history collections
  3. Philippa Brewer: eMesozoic: an alternative approach to digitising palaeontological collections
  4. Gabriela M. Hogue: The Art of Georeferencing: A case study at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  5. David Lazarus: Paleontologic collection data in the broader context of paleontologic research data systems
  6. Susan Butts: iDigPaleo and ePANDDA: digital infrastructure and tools for collection discovery and use
  7. Paul Mayer: How digitization helped tame the Tully monster
  8. Shelley A James: Field to database to aggregator and beyond: documenting the flora of Melanesia
  9. Brian Westra: Data Librarianship and Small Collections Support

More Highlights and iDigBio-related events at SPNHC 2016: https://www.idigbio.org/content/spnhc-2016-conference-society-preservati...

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Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:15am to 11:00am EDT
andel´s Hotel Berlin Landsberger Allee 106 D-10369 Berlin, Germany
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