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Published: 12-12-2017
New Insights from Old Herbarium Specimens Contributed by Richard B. Primack (Boston University; primack@bu.edu) and Charles G. Willis (Harvard University; charleswillis@fas.harvard.edu) “Live in each season as it passes - breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit & resign yourself to the influence of each.”  Thoreau, in his Journal. 1835 Millions...
Published: 11-30-2017
by Deborah Paul, Libby Ellwood, Christina Alba, Larry Page      with contributions from our speakers: Dave Tazik, Jennifer McGuire, Anna Monfils, Barry Sinervo, and Elizabeth Martin; and from some participants present at this symposium including (at least): Vince Smith, Mary Klein, Herrick Brown, and Jason Knouft ‘What do we need to leave behind today to position...
Published: 11-21-2017
by Deborah Paul, Ana Dal Molin, and Pam Soltis, with contributions from all symposium presenters. Symposium from iDigBio and Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil   Overview. Big Data. There are a few different definitions for what constitutes big data. Most involve enormous datasets. But one could easily argue that research datasets are big when you, as an individual,...
Published: 11-17-2017
The third annual WeDigBio (Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections) Event took place October 19-22, 2017. WeDigBio is a citizen science event that involves the public in working towards two main goals – to mobilize biodiversity specimen information from collections around the world, and to grow, strengthen and educate our biodiversity community. Specimen information is...
Published: 11-09-2017
The seventh annual ADBC Summit was held on November 2-3, 2017, in Gainesville at the UF Cultural Plaza. The location was chosen in part to celebrate the Florida Museum’s 100th anniversary as the state’s official natural history museum. The annual Summit brings together representatives from Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), Partners to Existing Networks (PENs), the National...
Published: 10-18-2017
Prologue: Many of us in the ADBC world look for ways to expand the community of users of museum collections data and to increase the ways in which collections data are used. Recently, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TrEE), an opinion piece was published by Scott A. Morrison, et al. titled "Equipping the 22nd-Century Historical Ecologist." In this paper, Morrison, et al. envision...
Published: 10-17-2017
Contributed by Pam Soltis and Adania Flemming iDigBio supported five students in its inaugural mini-REU site program during summer, 2017. This program, modeled on NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, was developed to provide undergraduates with research opportunities using digitized natural history collection data. Shelly Gaynor (from the University of Central Florida...
Published: 10-17-2017
Participants in the iDigBio supported Digitizing Mollusks workshop. The iDigBio supported “Digitizing Mollusks” workshop was held immediately prior to the American Malacological Society meeting in Newark, Delaware on July 15-17, 2017.  Thirty-eight collections professionals from 24 established and developing mollusk collections gathered to discuss the status of Mollusk...
Published: 10-05-2017
Contributed by: Rod Eastwood Curator, Entomological Collection, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Institut für Agrarwissenschaften, Biocommunication & Entomology, Zürich, Switzerland The ETH Zurich Entomological Collection was founded in 1858 and currently ranks about fourth largest in Switzerland.  With around 2 million specimens it is by no means a...
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...

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