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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...
Published: 03-28-2012
Streamlining Collaborative Digitization: How to order and install multiple digitization work stations By Melissa Tulig and Kimberly Watson Digitizing tens of thousands of plant specimens within one institution is no small feat, especially if attempting to do so for the first time. Collaboratively digitizing ±1.2 million plant specimens across 10+ institutions with varying degrees of...
Published: 03-27-2012
iDigBio is pleased to announce our 2012 Visiting Scholar, Dr. Anna K. Monfils. Dr. Monfils is an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University (CMU) and the Director of the Central Michigan University Herbarium (CMC). In her position at the CMC, Dr. Monfils trains students and develops educational tools relating to herbaria. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to science education:...
Published: 02-28-2012
Dr. Larry Page is the Project Director for iDigBio, where he is responsible for overall project management, oversight of the national resource activities, and implementation of the strategic plan. He is based at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where he is Director of the University of Florida Biodiversity Institute and Curator of Fishes. Here, Dr. Page is interviewed by Jill Holliday,...
Published: 02-23-2012
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Published: 02-06-2012
Meet the iDigBio Staff: An Interview with Gil Nelson 3 February 2012 Gil Nelson is iDigBio’s digitization specialist, with a focus on developing and improving digitization workflows and providing digitization support for the Thematic Collections Network projects.   He is based at Florida State University.  Here, Gil Nelson is interviewed by Austin Mast, a collaborator with...
Published: 01-31-2012
The 2011 summit to kick-off the iDigBio project concluded on December 1st, 2011. By all accounts, this endeavor was a tremendous success, and enabled us to initiate a detailed dialog with representatives from the Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and other Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) projects. Participants provided useful insight into ongoing activities, projected...
Published: 12-19-2011
  The iDigBio team plans regular Blog and Wiki contributions that provide useful resources to TCNs and others who are in the process of imaging and databasing biological collections. The newest contributions, available now, include a blog post outlining important global issues and decision points to be resolved prior to initiating an imaging project, and three new glossaries that provide...
Published: 12-15-2011
Digitizing Biological Collections: Global Issues and Decision Points   Imaging and databasing a biological collection seems like a straightforward task: procure the specimens, extract the data, take the image, and serve the image and data on the internet. However, in most cases there are numerous preliminary global issues and decision points to be resolved before actual imaging and...
Published: 11-22-2011
On any given evening, it is commonplace for the nightly news to refer to debt and spending amounts in the billions and trillions of dollars. The use of these massive numbers is so ubiquitous that many of us have become numb to the true magnitude of what one billion objects represent. Consider this: to count from one to one billion, one number per second, without breaks or sleep, would take you...

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