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Published: 05-03-2016
UPDATE: Wiki in development https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/Georeferencing_for_Research_Use iDigBio (https://www.idigbio.org), the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) (http://ccber.ucsb.edu/), and NCEAS (https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/) are pleased to announce the iDigBio Georeferencing for Research Use Short Course in Santa Barbara, California on Oct 4 - 7,...
Published: 05-02-2016
For optimum results, digitization of collections needs to go faster, right? Of course, this includes addressing data quality and completeness. Companies periodically review the hardware and software they use because technological advances offer businesses the opportunity to do more for less money, and save time, reach more people, and improve and connect data in new ways. (see Moore's law...
Published: 04-27-2016
Playing with biological specimen data in iDigBio – limitations and solutions for research Puerto Rico – warm Caribbean seas, high biodiversity, and coqui frogs.  iDigBio was invited to NatureServe’s Biodiversity without Boundaries 2016 meeting in April 2016 to share ideas and resources with members of the conservation community.  Being the lucky speaker given the...
Published: 04-26-2016
Conservation.  Endangered and rare species.  Species distribution maps.  Habitat and landscape integrity analysis.  Observational data.  These were some of the themes that resonated in the sessions of NatureServe's Biodiversity without Boundaries 2016 annual network Conservation Conference, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 18-22, 2016.  NatureServe...
Published: 04-01-2016
Got research data? Need to submit your important data and media associated with biological voucher specimens to a data repository as part of your data life cycle best practices workflow? Are you thinking iDigBio would be the ideal repository for your data? Although iDigBio is a repository for recordsets of primary biodiversity data of vouchered natural history collections, it is...
Published: 03-30-2016
Ever wondered where to start with analyzing a large biodiversity data set you've downloaded from iDigBio's portal or the iDigBio API? Wondering what software tools are available for cleaning your collections dataset or running some interesting queries? Finding a local Software Carpentry course is an excellent first step. On March 24-25, 2016, a 2-day workshop was held at the...
Published: 03-29-2016
Polyploidy in ferns: biodiversity data documenting speciation! -- Contributed by Blaine Marchant My research for iDigBio addresses ecological and evolutionary questions by utilizing the enormous dataset provided by digitized natural history specimens from across North America.  My current project is aimed at investigating the ecological differentiation of polyploid plant species from...
Published: 03-28-2016
Using Herbarium specimen data to understand native mint distribution, evolution, and ecology   -- Contributed by Andre Naranjo I am a graduate student at the University of Florida, and a member of the Soltis Lab, working on a genus of scrub mints found only in the southeastern United States. Dicerandra, in the mint family (Lamiaceae) comprises ten endemic species, namely ...
Published: 03-23-2016
iDigBio's Jillian Goodwin and Molly Phillips traveled to St. Marks, Florida, to participate in the League of Environmental Educators (LEEF) Conference at COAST Charter School from March 18-20, 2016. LEEF membership includes non-formal and formal environmental educators from diverse backgrounds such as local, state, and federal parks; public and private schools; and non-profit organizations....
Published: 03-07-2016
  iDigBio participated in the inaugural Florida State University High School STEAM Day on February 19, 2016. The event was a big success for both students and iDigBio. Students were able to discover the importance of natural history collections through interactive activities designed to encourage STEAM learning.  iDigBio had three stations (3D Digitization, Creation Station, and...

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