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Published: 08-11-2014
August 2014 Often at iDigBio sponsored workshops, symposia, and outreach events, we are asked the question: “How can I write a successful ADBC proposal?”  For those new to our alphabet soup, Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) program for bootstrapping museum collections digitization and establishing a...
Published: 08-02-2014
Twenty-three participants representing 22 herbaria remained for an extra day in Boise following the close of Botany 2014 to participate in a small herbarium digitization workshop co-sponsored by iDigBio and the North American Network of Small Herbaria (NANSH). Twenty-four states, Canada, and the Philippines were represented. Collections ranged in size from 1,000 to 170,000 specimens, 13 of the...
Published: 05-09-2014
“Those millions of bugs on pins, pressed plants, preserved animals and fossils hold a wealth of information about the adaptive abilities of our natural world, not to mention the DNA and curative uses yet to be discovered.” More than 80 researchers and students from 48 institutions in seven countries met at the “Collections for the 21st Century” symposium held May 5-6...
Published: 05-08-2014
The BIOSPEX Management System—Provision, Advertise, and Lead Crowdsourcing Projects   Over the past few centuries, professional and citizen scientists have amassed an estimated 3 billion biological specimens for research. Labels and notebooks associated with these specimens offer a rich source of information on past and present patterns of biodiversity—for example, what was...
Published: 05-02-2014
There may be no place better than the University of Texas to conduct a broad-based paleo imaging workshop. This certainly seemed the consensus the week of 29 April at the co-sponsored iDigBio and Jackson School of Geosciences imaging event. More than 50 attendees were treated to three days of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on CT training, all of which were recorded and are now available...
Published: 04-22-2014
The Florida Museum of Natural History hosted its Earth Day Exploration event on Saturday, April 19th 2014. An annual celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased specimens from the museum's research collections and provided activities for those in attendance.      iDigBio was invited to participate in this outreach event and staff created an interactive...
Published: 04-20-2014
Fifteen undergraduate students from seven Florida colleges and universities converged on the Florida Museum of Natural History April 17-19 for an all-expense-paid opportunity to shadow museum professionals and explore careers in the biological sciences. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to the Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication at Florida State...
Published: 04-11-2014
Studies show that as girls transfer from middle to high school, they can perceive science as ‘uncool’ and subsequently loose interest in scientific careers. iDigBio postdoctoral associate Dr. Charlotte Germain-Aubrey, external vice-president of the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at the University of Florida, created the WiSE Girlz Spring Science Camp to contradict this notion...
Published: 04-07-2014
This article was generated from a webinar presented as an addendum to the iDigBio Education & Outreach Workshop held in Gainesville, FL, January 15-17, 2014. Participants were interested in finding out more about applying for grants available through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Education and Outreach.   If you are targeting the National Science Foundation (NSF) for...
Published: 04-06-2014
Serendipity played an important role in initiating the recent Biological Collections Digitization in the Pacific workshop held 25-27 March in Honolulu. Thanks to a chance meeting of Shelley James of the Bishop Museum, Michael Thomas of University of Hawaii, Burke Burnett, Pacific Science Association, Nancy Lewis, East-West Center, and Gil Nelson of iDigBio at the Pacific Science Inter-Congress...

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