News Articles

Published: 04-02-2015
On March 19 and 20, 2015, a group representing online transcription platforms, biocollections, museum informal education and media departments, National Geographic, and iDigBio met at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to plan an annual event focused on global public participation in digitization of biocollections.  The event has the...
Published: 04-01-2015
Managing Natural History Collections Data for Global Discoverability is fourth in a series of biodiversity informatics workshops at iDigBio and we are currently accepting applications! Don't wait, space is limited. Deadline to Apply is May 1st, 2015. To learn more, or to apply, visit the calendar announcement. Location: Arizona State University, Tempe (Natural History Collections Space);...
Published: 03-20-2015
SPNHC 2015 30th Annual Meeting and Gala Celebration Making Natural History Collections Accessible through New and Innovative Approaches and Partnerships May 17, 2015 to May 23, 2015 Register.  If you haven’t already, make plans now to attend the 2015 SPNHC 30th Annual Meeting and Gala Celebration hosted by the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Information on...
Published: 03-05-2015
Congratulations, Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast, and their 10 coauthors, on the new BioScience article entitled Accelerating the Digitization of Biodiversity Research Specimens through Online Public Participation. In the article, the authors discuss three broad areas in which the public can participate in digitization of biodiversity research specimens:  transcribing labels and ledgers,...
Published: 02-09-2015
From Deb Paul, on twitter @idbdeb Got Data? We’re all ready to help you get your data discovered! Researchers, Collection Managers, Data Managers, Taxonomists, and Curators gathered in Ottawa, Canada and in Gainesville, Florida, on January 13 -14, 2015, to learn more about best practices for how to develop and share robust natural history collection specimen data. We benefitted from the...
Published: 02-05-2015
Goal: Design, develop, implement, test and/or document uses of iDigBio data via its APIs Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Dates and times: June 3-5, 2015; 8 am - 5 pm each day To apply: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Wr1womZuY7O5o1 deadline February 28, 2015. Invited applicants will be notified by March 9th.   Synopsis We encourage interested individuals...
Published: 02-04-2015
Following its DROID (Developing Robust Object to Image to Data) workshop in May 2012, iDigBio launched a series of working groups, each devoted to developing a set of digitization workflows for a specific preparation type. The first of these, which finished its work in late 2012, dubbed itself the Flat Sheets and Packets working group and focused primarily on strategies for herbarium...
Published: 01-12-2015
  Dear iDigBio Friends and Family, Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) is halfway through its fourth year and has many exciting plans for 2015, including continuing community training, promoting collection data use, and increasing education and outreach efforts. To celebrate last year’s accomplishments, iDigBio invites everyone to explore the resources it is...
Published: 12-12-2014
  Internet-scale public engagement in the digitization of biodiversity research specimens, such as can be seen at Notes from Nature, DigiVol, the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center, and FromthePage.com, offers clear win-wins insofar as motoring through our 100’s-of-millions-of-specimens digitization backlog and advancing science literacy.  However, developing that level...
Published: 12-09-2014
by Deb Paul, with Libby Ellwood and Greg Riccardi as Eds. Four iDigBio staff members, Greg Riccardi, Pam Soltis, Libby Ellwood, and Deborah Paul (that’s me) headed to Jönköping, Sweden this year for the biodiversity informatics standards meeting of the year, BIS (TDWG) 2014, October 27 - 31. The timely conference theme: Applications and Data Standards for Sustaining...

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