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Published: 08-18-2017
by Libby Ellwood, Katelin Pearson, Katja Seltmann, Deb Paul and Shelley James iDigBio continued its 4-year presence at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference this year from 5-10 August 2017. Since our first year attending this conference in 2014, with just a booth in the exhibitor hall, we have increased our involvement and deepened our connections. The booth has remained a staple of...
Published: 08-16-2017
Collections Data Reveals Complex Plant/Pollinator Network, Inspires Research Contributed by Dylan Ricke and Annika Rose-Person, Archbold Biological Station Ecology is often introduced with the aid of food webs. Webs, or networks, depict interactions, the subject of ecology, but network analysis is still making  headway in the field. Among other things, networks are complex,...
Published: 08-10-2017
What is NMITA? The Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America (NMITA: pronounced na-me-tah) is a website and database that provides global access to Tropical American marine biodiversity data from the past 25 million years (http://nmita.iowa.uiowa.edu/). Developed through multiple grants from the National Science Foundation since 1998, NMITA was one of the earliest projects to bring together a...
Published: 08-03-2017
  Every six years, botanists gather to discuss the latest discoveries and goals for plant science research at the International Botanical Congress, this year hosted by Shenzhen, China, from 23-29 July 2017. This phenomenal event, with more than 7,000 delegates, was held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.  This was the 19th congress, and iDigBio was there, represented...
Published: 07-21-2017
iDigBio heads to the Ecological Society of America, 102nd Meeting, in Portland, Oregon from August 5 - 11, 2017. The theme of this year's ESA meeting aligns directly with iDigBio's focus on enabling use of collections data by researchers, and serves as a special opportunity to engage with the ecological research community. Theme: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and...
Published: 07-11-2017
Manta Rays Manta rays are some of the ocean’s gentle giants. These amazing animals are related to sharks and other rays and have a skeleton made of cartilage, instead of bone. The genus Manta, consists of two species: Manta birostris and Manta alfredi, referred to commonly as the Giant Manta and the Reef Manta Ray, respectively. They are in the family Mobulidae, along with several...
Published: 06-24-2017
From the Darwin Core Hour Team.   Hi everyone! In this blog post we present a summary of what the Darwin Core Hour is, where the initiative came from, how it works, and how you can get involved.   Why is there a need for a Darwin Core Hour? Where did the idea come from?   Have you ever thought... “How is this Darwin Core term supposed to fit given the data I have? Or...
Published: 06-23-2017
Hole-y Plant Databases! Understanding and Preventing Biases in Botanical Big Data Humans have been collecting and preserving plants across the globe for hundreds of years, and patterns drawn from aggregated specimen records can teach us many things about the natural world. For example, my thesis research focuses on how plants with different traits shift their flowering times in response to...
Published: 06-23-2017
American Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) Photo courtesy of: Florida Fish and Wildlife, Photo by: Karen Parker Although their common name suggests they are crustaceans, horseshoe crabs aren’t really crabs at all. In fact, their closest living relatives are spiders and scorpions. Today’s horseshoe crabs have many similarities to extinct trilobites and look virtually the same as...
Published: 06-01-2017
Data Curation Profiles—An Information Science framework for data managers -- Contributed by Wade Bishop and Kelly White, The University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences The volume and variety of data within iDigBio is known by anyone working with biocollections. In today’s data intensive science climate, it is becoming more widely realized that in order for data to...

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