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Published: 10-17-2012
The intensive, week-long First iDigBio Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop ended on October 12th, 2012. After a week, we are family and were sad to have to go home - but everyone seems very excited to get back to their own institutions to share what they learned and put it to good use in their own georeferencing and digitization projects. On Day Four, we met Bruce MacFadden, iDigBio's...
Published: 10-11-2012
A special iDigBio Blog Contribution by: Austin Hendy, Ph.D. Florida Museum of Natural History   In September, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Jason Osborne and Aaron Alford, founders of Paleo Quest (http://paleoquest.org/), a non-profit education and research organization that provides a conduit for citizen science in paleontology. Jason and Aaron, both passionate...
Published: 10-09-2012
The First iDigBio Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop is well into Day 4 now! Day one, participants and instructors met iDigBio PI Pam Soltis, Project Manager David Jennings, Biodiversity Informatics Manager Joanna McCaffrey, Cathy Bester, iDigBio Program Assistant and Kevin Love, the iDigBio IT magician who keeps us all in touch with one another and connected to the internet. Shari Ellis...
Published: 10-09-2012
iDigBio’s Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Specimens Workshop (September 28–29 in Gainesville, FL) brought together a unique combination of expertise—specimen digitization managers from the thematic collections networks (TCNs), biodiversity informatics software developers, citizen science coordinators, and members of iDigBio. After an overview of the two-day...
Published: 09-10-2012
  iDigBio is very pleased to welcome Joanna McCaffrey, our new Biodiversity Informatics Manager! Joanna comes to the iDigBio team from the Field Museum of Natural History, where she has spent the past ten years working in a variety of databasing, imaging, and collections positions. Joanna’s initial forays into the world of computers took place in the late 1970’s, when she was...
Published: 08-22-2012
Seeking participants for “iDigBio Augmenting OCR” workshop, October 1-2 UPDATE: See the upcoming Augmenting OCR Workshop Wiki Page, Workshop Agenda By Day /  By Concept, Remote Participation Information, Participant List and Workshop Logistics pages. Digitization and databasing of biological specimens requires a different process from that used in the digitization and...
Published: 08-15-2012
  Compiled from notes in the field from Deb Paul, iDigBio Digitization Expert: The Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A Model for Collections Digitization to Promote Taxonomic and Ecological Research kickoff meeting was held at Arizona State University on August 15-16, 2012.  During this meeting, Neil S. Cobb gave an overview of the SCAN project goals. The two main...
Published: 08-08-2012
iDigBio is very pleased to welcome David Jennings as our new Project Manager! David is an industrial/mechanical engineer with over 18 years of experience in project management and leadership spanning the aerospace, medical device, and consulting industries. Although born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, David attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. After earning his bachelor...
Published: 07-26-2012
  On 30 June 2012, iDigBio completed its first year of operation. As the national resource for the NSF-funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections(ADBC), our first year required that we identify and overcome major organizational hurdles as we develop a national infrastructure for the ADBC institutions. We are pleased to report that our first year was highly successful. In this...
Published: 07-20-2012
All of us at iDigBio are excited to announce the publication of Five Task Clusters that Enable Efficient and Effective Digitization of Biodiversity Collections in ZooKeys 209:19-45 (2012) Special Issue. We look forward to your comments as we continue to look for, encourage and disseminate the most efficient digitization methods for each collection type. iDigBio staff members, Gil Nelson...

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