Press Releases

Published: 10-11-2017
  CU Boulder researchers and collaborating institutions have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a comprehensive digital archive of more than 1.7 million plant specimens native to the southern Rocky Mountain region. CU Boulder will serve as the lead institution of an interdisciplinary consortium composed of 38 collaborating partners, which...
Published: 08-25-2017
CT scans reveal details of internal anatomy without damaging specimens. Florida Museum of Natural History figure by Ed Stanley A $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will launch a new initiative to “teleport” specimens from museum shelves to the internet by CT scanning 20,000 vertebrates and making these data-rich, 3-D images available to researchers, educators, students...
Published: 03-14-2017
Reposting Controlled values (again): The connection between The Darwin Core Hour and the TDWG Standards Documentation Specification by Steven Baskauf. Intro by Deborah Paul, iDigBio The iDigBio Data Management Interest Group (DMIG) collaboratively created and continues to develop the Darwin Core Hour monthly webinar series. We’re very pleased to re-post this blog by Steven Baskauf about...
Published: 03-07-2017
As part of the new Cretaceous World TCN, Jonathan Hendricks at the Paleontological Research Institution has recently released the first chapter in the larger Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life (DEAL) project. The goal of DEAL is to produce a free online digital encyclopedia providing information on a host of topics relevant to paleontologists, biologists, interested amateurs, and the...
Published: 08-24-2016
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places. On August 25, 2006 - the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, launched the National Park...
Published: 07-28-2016
  Learn how to engage and inform decision-makers! Rarely has the need for effective and influential communication about science been more important than it is today. Politicians and political interests are redefining and reinterpreting science--with great persistence and impact. The majority of the public still respect scientists and value science, but they often find it...
Published: 05-17-2016
From the Pensoft Editorial Team On October 20, 2015, we published a blog post about the novel functionalities in ARPHA that allowed streamlined import of specimen or occurrence records into taxonomic manuscripts. Recently, this process was reflected in the “Tips and Tricks” section of the ARPHA authoring tool. Here, we’ll list the individual workflows...
Published: 04-25-2016
Are you preparing a project proposal for the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program? Visit the National Science Foundations Blog for the Division of Biological Infrastructure to find information regarding ADBC budget justifications & decisions. The blog post includes the following factors considered by the ADBC Program when reviewing budget requests for...
Published: 04-08-2016
    Champaign, Ill.  When anthrax became a household name in 2011, even curators of some herbaria were unaware that samples of Bacillus anthracis, the source of anthrax, had been housed in their microfungal collections for over a hundred years. Recently, a digitization project at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI) has unearthed the...
Published: 03-07-2016
  Cibraria cancellata – photo by Kim Fleming One goal of the NSF Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program is to expose unique and often cryptic collections by making their data publicly available through one of the numerous online data portals serving data to iDigBio.  The Microfungi Collections Consortium TCN was recently afforded this opportunity thanks to a...

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