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Published: 11-28-2014
Nearly 200 collections professionals attended this year’s Entomological Collections Network (ECN) conference, 15-16 November 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Convened annually in association with and just ahead of the annual conference of the Entomological Society of America, ECN has until this year been a loosely organized network of curators, collections managers, systematists, and others...
Published: 11-04-2014
  Summary The fourth annual iDigBio Summit was held on Monday and Tuesday, October 27-28, 2014, in Gainesville, Florida, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. Eighty-four on-site attendees and nine remote attendees from TCNs, iDigBio, NSF, and other biodiversity informatics initiatives convened to discuss their shared accomplishments, goals, challenges,...
Published: 10-14-2014
The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) turned out to be the perfect venue for iDigBio’s Leveraging Digitization Practices Across Multiple Domains workshop held the week of October 6 and co-sponsored by UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH), and the...
Published: 10-14-2014
iDigBio and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) co-hosted a Data Carpentry Workshop on Monday and Tuesday, September 29 – 30, 2014. What skills do researchers in the life sciences need to be equipped with today to address current issues facing our planet? How can they make best use of all the data available to them, now, and in the future? To start off our Data Carpentry...
Published: 10-07-2014
iDigBio staff participated in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s annual event ButterflyFest “A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity”. The event was held Saturday, October 4, at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville Florida. Click the photo to check out FLMNH's Facebook for more photos of the event   ButterflyFest was a family...
Published: 10-01-2014
iDigBio and the Florida Museum of Natural History co-sponsored a half-day introductory workshop to the website/application iNaturalist on Friday, September 26, 2014, at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Ken-ichi Ueda, co-founder and director of the website/application, lead the workshop and started participants off with a short introduction to his project iNaturalist. Ken-ichi...
Published: 09-30-2014
  The use of sequencing and other molecular data now plays a critical role in the majority of research across the fields of systematics, ecology, and evolutionary biology. In addition, DNA barcoding offers an efficient way to identify specimens for large efforts like biodiversity inventory projects or biological resource management. In order to accomplish these kinds of projects,...
Published: 09-23-2014
By the numbers: 60 hours of prep work by herbarium staff 3 imaging stations 22 volunteers 2 four-hour imaging shifts with one hour for lunch. 125 specimens imaged per hour, on average, per station 3,000 local plant specimens imaged in total 1 very cool water bottle gift for volunteers Endless research possibilities for digitized herbarium specimens On September 13, 2014, iDigBio...
Published: 09-15-2014
A workshop on data modeling took place at the East-West Center in Honolulu, March 24-25, 2014. The workshop immediately preceded the Biological Collections Digitization in the Pacific workshop and focused on data modeling and requirements for biodiversity information repositories. One goal of the data modeling workshop was to consider data and service requirements for aggregators of...
Published: 09-15-2014
About 50 undergraduates and recent graduates attended the Careers and Graduate Studies in the Biological Sciences workshop in Chicago, 6 September 2014. Co-sponsored by the Field Museum and iDigBio, the workshop brought together an impressive cadre of presenters and collections managers to introduce students to the importance of biodiversity collections, as well as the importance of careers in...

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