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Published: 02-05-2021
    by: Vaughn Shirey, Michael Belitz, Vijay Barve, Rob Guralnick Butterflies are the most sampled insect taxon in terms of the number of opportunistic occurrence records in large biodiversity databases (>1.2 million in iDigBio and > 28-million in GBIF). Additionally, as ectotherms, they are particularly sensitive to their environment, making them an excellent group...
Published: 02-01-2021
  As the hub for digitization of U.S. natural history collections, iDigBio aims to engage our community in promoting a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and actively anti-racist community. To that end, the iDigBio team focused on issues of Education, Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion has compiled this reading list to begin conversations in the classroom, in museum collections, and...
Published: 01-28-2021
  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Weinell, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum We often hear about the discoveries housed in natural history collections just waiting to be found and the recent story about the tiny, iridescent burrowing snake featured by the Florida Museum is a perfect example. Several Waray dwarf burrowing snake specimens...
Published: 01-11-2021
Dear iDigBio Enthusiasts, I am delighted to report that iDigBio enjoyed an exceptionally successful and productive 2020 made possible in large part by contributions of the many collaborators whose consistent support, involvement, and input have been highly valued and much appreciated. We enter the new year eager to continue integral involvement in the biodiversity collections community....
Published: 01-05-2021
Synopsis of Program: iDigBio is the national coordinating center for NSF’s 10-year Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program, which is guided by the vision to digitize and mobilize hundreds of millions of vouchered natural history museum specimens for research. These digitized data constitute a primary platform for “Big Data” research in the...
Published: 11-20-2020
After many months of hard work in collaboration with our partners at GBIF, we are excited to announce that the new and improved iDigBio US Collections List has officially launched as of this week. This latest development for the first time enables shared data management across iDigBio and GBIF, in addition to facilitating a unified, more efficient, and more exhaustive list of US Collections...
Published: 11-13-2020
  Contributed by: Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast, Robert Bruhn and Kevin Love WeDigBio, Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections, is a twice-annual event that brings together biodiversity collections, educators and researchers using collections data, and community scientists around the world to mobilize collections data via online platforms. Like so many things this year, WeDigBio...
Published: 11-09-2020
In our series, "Scientist in the Spotlight" we’ll sit down with the ADBC (Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections) program's best and brightest to learn more about what makes them tick. This month, we had a chance to speak with Noé De La Sancha. He is a part of the oVert TCN.   Where are you from?  I was born in Toluca,...
Published: 11-09-2020
  Rhombopsammia niphada from https://taieol.tw/pages/214240      Contributed by Molly Phillips   Micrabaciidae is a family of deep sea corals that are solitary, free living, and described as “button shaped.” When a coral is described as solitary it means that they consist of one single polyp living alone compared with living...
Published: 11-05-2020
  Contributed by: Molly Phillips The iDigBio team was fully immersed in this year’s Virtual SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference hosting a virtual BioBlitz, symposium session, and conference exhibit! Our participation began by organizing a virtual SACNAS BioBlitz the week before the conference. The BioBlitz was hosted through iNaturalist  and co-organized by iDigBio...

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