News Articles

Published: 10-02-2013
More than 60 paleontologists representing 41 institutions assembled in New Haven, CT the week of September 23rd, 2013 to share ideas, protocols, preferences, and strategies. This was iDigBio’s most populous workshop to date, with an assortment of excellent presentations ranging from digitization workflows and imaging techniques to data model requirements, strategies for education and...
Published: 09-24-2013
Austin Mast interviews Libby Ellwood, our newest postdoctoral scholar. Mast: It's my pleasure to welcome you as iDigBio's newest postdoctoral scholar, Libby. Your research focus will be on broadening public participation in the digitization of biodiversity research specimens.  This is a goal to which your previous research background is well suited.  What do you see as the most...
Published: 09-24-2013
Amateur naturalists, such as the fossil club participants pictured here (Friends of the Calvert Marine Museum) are potential downstream users of iDigBio. This past month (August 2013), I had the pleasure of giving a presentation to the Lee County Fossil Club on the value of collections as biodiversity data as well as for education and outreach (E&O) purposes.  I was already familiar...
Published: 07-22-2013
by Deb Paul From June 17-21, seven members of iDigBio (Gil Nelson, Pam Soltis, Joanna McCaffrey, Larry Page, Bruce MacFadden, Kevin Love and Deborah Paul) participated in SPNHC 2013, which is the annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (http://www.spnhc.org/), fondly referred to as “spinach.” If you are new to SPNHC, they focus on...
Published: 05-15-2013
  iDigBio has developed a pamphlet featuring brief descriptions about the aims of ADBC and iDigBio, with colorful, eye-catching digitization-related images. This material provides a simple and visual representation of iDigBio‘s mission, suitable for all audiences. We would love for you to distribute these within and beyond your institution in order to promote interest in iDigBio and...
Published: 04-08-2013
Members of the iDigBio UF staff recently visited the new University of Florida Data Center at the Eastside Campus facility. The tour, led by Associate Director of Data Center Operations David Burdette, led visitors through the newly constructed $14M facility. The tour allowed visitors to see the complete operation, from the large server rooms, the monster backup power supplies, and the room...
Published: 03-15-2013
Registration for the 2013 meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections is now open. This meeting is being held June 17-22 on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota, home of the Museum of Geology. The theme this year is "Repositories and Partnerships in Managing Natural History Collections in the 21st Century....
Published: 03-01-2013
More news from the iDigBio Augmenting OCR Working Group (aOCR wg) The aOCR wg efforts to find ways to speed up digitization continue. Our working group put together a Wish List and then, at our first "in-person" meeting of the working group in October of 2012, we decided which items in the Wish List to work on first, how to go about working on them, how to share what we are...
Published: 02-26-2013
On Monday, February 25th, iDigBio PI's and project staff met with Walter Jetz,Ph.D. from the Map of Life project. Dr. Jetz shared with us how the The Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. These data include expert species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas from providers like IUCN, WWF,...
Published: 02-26-2013
  On February 25, 2013 iDigBio launched a new design for http://iDigBio.org and a new set of features for our specimen portal at http://portal.iDigBio.org.     Meet our Graphic Designer Jeremy Spinks is a graphic designer practicing mainly in the online arena. Jeremy works at the Institute for Digital Information & Scientific Communication, at Florida State...

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