News Articles

Published: 05-15-2017
The effective and efficient use of a digital camera is integral to one of the primary task clusters in many digitization workflows, whether the object of the image is a label, full specimen, or a composite or aggregated collection object. For most institutions, decisions about camera model; aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings; lighting; and the type of imaging station to deploy are...
Published: 05-09-2017
Contributed by: Teresa Iturriaga, Rhianna Baldree, Alex Kuhn, Andrew Miller Mycologists long to collect areas remote to most men where fungi today may thrive keeping plants, trees, and cycles alive. Bridges are to their liking since one can go underneath connecting with what lies beneath. About fungi this is most striking. In summer some may float if the bridge is over a moat...
Published: 05-01-2017
Using specimens to create a pollinator community assessment of restored tallgrass prairie -- Contributed by Heather Cray, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo Animal species need space – a place to forage, grow, and nest. This is especially true of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), who’s caterpillars generally feed exclusively on one genus...
Published: 04-06-2017
iDigBio staff members Bruce MacFadden, Libby Ellwood, and Molly Phillips attended the 2017 National Science Teachers Association National Meeting held on March 30-April 2 in the L.A. Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. The conference was massive – attended by thousands of K-college science teachers from around the country and world. The NSTA 2017 conference was divided into four...
Published: 04-01-2017
Publishing a new species?  Add the unique identifiers! Citation of voucher specimen data can be problematic.  There are currently no formulated rules for how to cite a digital specimen in a publication, but data aggregators such iDigBio, GBIF, and VertNet offer suggestions. Pensoft is leading the way by providing efficient methods for publishing digital data (see their blog post here...
Published: 03-24-2017
The Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio are pleased to announce a 6-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” short course. Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Learn how to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and communicate long-term objectives and strategies to administrators.   The “...
Published: 03-10-2017
Contributed by: Donald H. Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator, Farlow Library and Herbarium, Harvard University, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 There is a certain allure when undescribed plants are discovered in the herbarium or museum.  Many have experienced the moment when they looked at a preserved specimen and thought, “Oh, if only I had this fresh...
Published: 03-02-2017
The scientific view from behind the microphone Imagine it.  The sweaty palms, the nervous fidgeting. You're sitting in the waiting room of the radio station, the governors' office, or waiting to speak with the Chair of your Department.  You begin question your preparation - What is the key message and main talking points? Is there an engaging and relevant story to highlight the...
Published: 02-08-2017
Collecting trends: how wars and human history influence biological collections -- Contributed by Vaughn Shirey, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University A large portion of my research in The Gelhaus Lab at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University relies heavily on digitized specimen data and metadata, specifically the who, when, and where of specimen collection....
Published: 01-30-2017
Allocating more memory to OpenRefine - and other helpful information for handling large datasets -- Contributed by Chris Evelyn, University of California - Santa Barbara, along with Deborah Paul and Shelley James, iDigBio This month's Research Spotlight contribution resulted from a recent iDigBio workshop where participants learned the basics of OpenRefine. Finding a limitation to...

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