Press Releases

Published: 06-20-2018
The National Science Foundation awarded Northern Arizona University and Utah State University a three-year, $700,000 collaborative grant to improve the usability and accessibility of Symbiota, an online platform that allows natural history collections to share data, including images, for millions of biological specimens. Currently, Symbiota includes data for more than 37 million specimens from...
Published: 06-15-2018
  Dr John La Salle, an affable and charismatic scientist who paved the way in digital innovations, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 27, aged 67. Throughout his scientific career, La Salle made a significant contribution to insect taxonomy and spent a decade as director of CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra. In recent years, as director of the Atlas of Living...
Published: 06-12-2018
June 12, 2018 In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of...
Published: 06-12-2018
GBIF is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader with international standing to fill the post of Executive Secretary and guide GBIF into the next phase of its development. The Executive Secretary leads a Copenhagen-based Secretariat with approximately 25 staff members and is responsible to the Governing Board for developing and implementing GBIF’s strategic plans, operating the infrastructure,...
Published: 06-05-2018
    Katherine Unger Baillie Penn State Today   Densely populated and developed, the region encompassing Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City is one dominated by the presence of humans. Often referred to as a megalopolis, the mid-Atlantic’s urban influence is felt on all life forms, plants included.   How can these effects be documented...
Published: 04-02-2018
Contributed by Ana Dal Molin, INCT-Hympar/CAPES postdoctoral fellow at Laboratório de Biodiversidade de Insetos, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. All images from Ana Dal Molin iDigBio was present, even if remotely, at the first Meeting for the Integration of Zoological Collections (Encontro para Integração das Coleções Zoológicas) at...
Published: 03-30-2018
  The digitization of natural history collections is time-consuming and expensive, but it opens up new possibilities for science: By merging collection data into global databases and with free access for everyone, researchers can gain new insights. by Michael Greeff, Regina Wanger https://www.explora.ethz.ch/en/s/digitalisieren-teilen-vernetzen/ DOI https://doi.org/10.22010/ethz-exp-0007-...
Published: 03-29-2018
by Deborah Paul (iDigBio) and Isla Gladstone (Senior Curator of Natural Sciences, Bristol Culture) The heroes. Our natural sciences collections, collections staff, the planet and all the players worldwide (thanks Shakespeare). Some of the heroes’ dilemmas. Need for online access to collection specimen data for research, dwindling habitat, damaged planet resources, one-of-a-kind...
Published: 03-13-2018
from Deb Paul at iDigBio The short version. It is an exciting time to watch as Europe gets ready to launch an interconnected cloud of scientific collections across the continent and beyond. If funded (we will know in June 2018), the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) plans to build a European scientific research infrastructure to support collections, researcher access to data...
Published: 03-01-2018
iDigBio is hiring a systems programmer at the ACIS lab in the Electrical Engineering department! Come join our 4 person team working on our data infrastructure and build out new systems around data quality, taxonomy, annotations, 3-D media, and linked open data. This is a grant-funded position.​ Applications *MUST* be submitted through the University of Florida jobs website: http://explore....

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