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Published: 11-09-2017
The seventh annual ADBC Summit was held on November 2-3, 2017, in Gainesville at the UF Cultural Plaza. The location was chosen in part to celebrate the Florida Museum’s 100th anniversary as the state’s official natural history museum. The annual Summit brings together representatives from Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), Partners to Existing Networks (PENs), the National...
Published: 10-18-2017
Prologue: Many of us in the ADBC world look for ways to expand the community of users of museum collections data and to increase the ways in which collections data are used. Recently, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TrEE), an opinion piece was published by Scott A. Morrison, et al. titled "Equipping the 22nd-Century Historical Ecologist." In this paper, Morrison, et al. envision...
Published: 10-17-2017
Contributed by Pam Soltis and Adania Flemming iDigBio supported five students in its inaugural mini-REU site program during summer, 2017. This program, modeled on NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, was developed to provide undergraduates with research opportunities using digitized natural history collection data. Shelly Gaynor (from the University of Central Florida...
Published: 10-17-2017
Participants in the iDigBio supported Digitizing Mollusks workshop. The iDigBio supported “Digitizing Mollusks” workshop was held immediately prior to the American Malacological Society meeting in Newark, Delaware on July 15-17, 2017.  Thirty-eight collections professionals from 24 established and developing mollusk collections gathered to discuss the status of Mollusk...
Published: 10-05-2017
Contributed by: Rod Eastwood Curator, Entomological Collection, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Institut für Agrarwissenschaften, Biocommunication & Entomology, Zürich, Switzerland The ETH Zurich Entomological Collection was founded in 1858 and currently ranks about fourth largest in Switzerland.  With around 2 million specimens it is by no means a...
Published: 08-18-2017
by Libby Ellwood, Katelin Pearson, Katja Seltmann, Deb Paul and Shelley James iDigBio continued its 4-year presence at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference this year from 5-10 August 2017. Since our first year attending this conference in 2014, with just a booth in the exhibitor hall, we have increased our involvement and deepened our connections. The booth has remained a staple of...
Published: 08-16-2017
Collections Data Reveals Complex Plant/Pollinator Network, Inspires Research Contributed by Dylan Ricke and Annika Rose-Person, Archbold Biological Station Ecology is often introduced with the aid of food webs. Webs, or networks, depict interactions, the subject of ecology, but network analysis is still making  headway in the field. Among other things, networks are complex,...
Published: 08-10-2017
What is NMITA? The Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America (NMITA: pronounced na-me-tah) is a website and database that provides global access to Tropical American marine biodiversity data from the past 25 million years (http://nmita.iowa.uiowa.edu/). Developed through multiple grants from the National Science Foundation since 1998, NMITA was one of the earliest projects to bring together a...
Published: 08-03-2017
  Every six years, botanists gather to discuss the latest discoveries and goals for plant science research at the International Botanical Congress, this year hosted by Shenzhen, China, from 23-29 July 2017. This phenomenal event, with more than 7,000 delegates, was held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.  This was the 19th congress, and iDigBio was there, represented...
Published: 07-21-2017
UPDATE!: Read all about our ESA 2017 bioblitz and booth experience: https://www.idigbio.org/content/connecting-collections-and-ecology iDigBio heads to the Ecological Society of America, 102nd Meeting, in Portland, Oregon from August 5 - 11, 2017. The theme of this year's ESA meeting aligns directly with iDigBio's focus on enabling use of collections data by researchers, and serves as a...

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