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Published: 07-09-2012
  Dr. Corinna Gries is PI and head of the North American Lichens and Bryophytes Thematic Collections Network. An accomplished researcher and programmer, here she is interviewed by Jill Holliday and discusses some of the history of specimen databasing, the goal of the North American Lichens and Bryophytes TCN, and the importance of public participation and crowd-sourcing to the TCN...
Published: 06-20-2012
Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Specimens Workshop UPDATE: See Public Participation Workshop Wiki Page for links to the Agenda and how to Attend Remotely iDigBio, the National Science Foundation’s national HUB for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC), is offering a workshop to identify ways to engage the public in the ongoing digitization of...
Published: 06-06-2012
Developing Robust Object-to-Image-to-Data (DROID) Workflow Workshop 30-31st May 2012, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida (FLMNH) Biological specimens document the historical and modern occurrence of plant and animal species - and most of what we know about the diversity and distribution of life on earth. The majority of collected specimens have yet to be...
Published: 06-05-2012
April 20, 2012 [draft] Digitization of Standard Microscope Slides Courtesy of InvertNet and Illinois Natural History Survey Introduction. The following describes the equipment and procedures for digitizing 20 standard microscope slides at a time using a standard photo-quality flatbed scanner. The resulting scans are of sufficient quality that the slide images may be used subsequently for...
Published: 05-31-2012
Paleocollections Digitization Workshop 26-28th April 2012, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida (FLMNH) Approximately 100 million fossil specimens exist in natural history museums in the U.S., but only a tiny fraction of these (<10%) are digitized and therefore accessible for research, education, and outreach by downstream users. With other ongoing national (and...
Published: 05-22-2012
Digitizing Vascular and Non-Vascular Plant Collections Valdosta State University, Valdosta GA September 17th - 18th, 2012   iDigBio is offering a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, and maintaining a biological collections digitization program. The first of these workshops will focus on vascular and non-vascular plant digitization and will be...
Published: 05-03-2012
InvertNet Spring Workshop The InvertNet TCN held its first workshop on April 13-15 at the University of Illinois (UI) Siebel Center for Computer Science and the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS).  Over 40 people attended (view the participant list here), including representatives of iDigBio and all but one of the 14 collaborating institutions.  The workshop kicked-off with short...
Published: 04-19-2012
Registration is open for the Specimen Digitization Tools and Practices Workshop at the Botany 2012 Conference. The workshop will introduce current and future biological and paleontological specimen collections staff to resources and workflows that can lead to greater efficiencies in the digitization of their collections. The workshop is organized by iDigBio, the National Resource for...
Published: 04-11-2012
Overview: An important activity of iDigBio is to deliver IT infrastructure and services for a highly coordinated biocollections digitization community. Computer appliances - separate and discrete computing devices designed to provide a specific computing resource- will enable the biocollections digitization community to interact with the iDigBio storage cloud and specimen database. To...
Published: 04-03-2012
It is our pleasure to announce the Developing Robust Object to Image to Data Workflows (DROID) Workshop to be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. The workshop is designed to identify existing optimal digitization workflows, as well as process and technology gaps that must be bridged in order to achieve the scope of digitization required to meet the Grand...

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