Three ways to introduce your biodiversity collections to the world during April’s WeDigBio event (Thursday–Sunday, April 7–10, 2022) and the broader Citizen Science Month!
Let us know your plans by Wednesday, March 23, so that your activities can appear on the calendar and we have enough time to get the WeDigBio stickers and tattoos to you for your participants.
Engagement Option 1: Offer a 15-minute (or more) live-streaming or recorded biodiversity collections or library tour. Grab a friend with Zoom on their phone to manage the feed, and you’re all set. Interested in #1? Here’s the registration form for you: https://forms.gle/A6VDSEdZtsQzPPge9
Engagement Option 2: Schedule an in-person, virtual, or hybrid data creation event for your local community. Often these last about 2–3 hours and can include a live biodiversity collections tour or research talk. Sometimes these are occurring in a class and are part of an assignment. Interested in #2? Here’s the registration form for you: https://forms.gle/5Ho61ra19d1ZNvNq9
Engagement Option 3: Schedule an online, multi-institution data creation campaign focused on your project to occur during WeDigBio. These can be as simple or ambitious as you’d like and should involve using options 1 and/or 2 above with a plan for social media engagement to keep it all cohesive. All in with #3? You rock! Here’s the registration form for you: https://forms.gle/fV4VGKx5Tz6F5N8V6
Curious, but have some questions? Drop in to one of these open WeDigBio office hours—no need to register beforehand:
- Wednesday, March 9, 2–3 PM ET (time zone for New York City and Miami, USA)
- Thursday, March 10, 8–9 AM ET
- Friday, March 11, noon–1 PM ET
- Thursday, March 17, noon–1 PM ET
- Friday, March 18, 8–9 AM ET
- Monday, March 21, 10–11 AM ET
WeDigBio office hours are at https://fsu.zoom.us/j/98075668707
Finally, watch for a full announcement about the WeDigBio Symposium entitled “The Role of Libraries in Understanding Earth’s Biota.” This symposium will be from 3–5 pm ET, Friday, April 8, and it is scheduled to include talks by Darlene Cavalier (Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University), Martin Kalfatovic (Associate Director, Smithsonian Libraries), and others with valuable perspectives.
If you are teaching this semester, the symposium and other WeDigBio activities can form the basis of a fun assignment or extra credit activity!