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Published: 01-05-2017
January 5, 2017   At the 2016 meeting of the Biodiversity Information Standards organization (TDWG), Matthew Collins, Jen Hammock (Encycopedia of Life), and Alexander Thompson chaired a symposium titled “Big Data Analysis Methods and Techniques as Applied to Biocollections”. The TDWG community is at a turning point that is a reflection of the success of the work that...
Published: 12-21-2016
  Dear iDigBio Enthusiasts, iDigBio is halfway through its sixth year and has many exciting plans for 2017. Moving forward, we will continue to work with the collections community to facilitate digitization, mobilization, and use of specimen data, while continuing to enhance the data search portal. iDigBio’s priorities are to work with additional collections to increase...
Published: 12-19-2016
TDWG 2016: Highlights for biodiversity research The Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) annual meeting in 2016 had the theme of "Standards Supporting Innovation in Biodiversity and Conservation".  Understanding the use of biodiversity standards, and having clear and concise documentation, is essential for the creation, aggregation and downstream use of biodiversity data,...
Published: 12-13-2016
Contributed by Libby Ellwood and Austin Mast (iDigBio-Florida State University). The second annual Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event took place October 20-23, 2016 and built on the success of last year’s inaugural event to expand the reach of citizen science transcription to new participants. Transcription is an essential part of the digitization process...
Published: 12-13-2016
The iDigBio Education and Outreach Working Group collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution on a two-day workshop entitled Incorporating K-12 Outreach into Digitized Collections Programs held December 5-6, 2016, at Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The workshop was attended by 30 participants with...
Published: 11-09-2016
The Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections Annual Summit, hosted by iDigBio, took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at TechTown November 1-3, 2016. Surrounded by technology and with bean bags for comfortable discussion, TechTown was an inspirational space for the Summit.Tuesday was set aside for meetings of several organizations including the Natural Science Collections Alliance, the new...
Published: 10-13-2016
iDigBio, STEPPE, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Paleontological Research Institution Department of Paleobiology, and the Paleontological Society combined to host the third digitization and digital data-related symposium at the Geological Society of America’s annual conference, this year held at the Colorado Convention...
Published: 10-12-2016
iDigBio had a blast at ICE XXV International Congress of Entomology, held September 25-30, in Orlando, Florida.. The event brought together thousands of scientists from around the world under the theme “Entomology without Borders.” iDigBio staff participated in two symposia, the Insect Expo, and hosted the iDigBio booth in the ICE Exhibit Hall. On Monday, iDigBio sponsored a...
Published: 10-10-2016
Contributed by: Teresa Iturriaga, Rhianna Baldree, Alex Kuhn, Andrew N. Miller University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6970 We forget because remembering everything is impossible. We also forget because remembering can be painful and raise too many questions that have no clear answers. Such is the case regarding many...
Published: 10-07-2016
Baranof Island and the town of Sitka, lie along the outer fringe of Alaska’s panhandle, a 22-minute airplane ride south from the capital of Juneau and a short boat ride to the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska. When the Russians first visited Sitka, they found it peopled by the Tlingit, a small community of Native Alaskans that settled the region about 10,000 years ago and who depended on...

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