Press Releases

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...
Published: 01-22-2016
  The Florida Museum of Natural History recently released their 2014-2015 Annual Report that highlights the museum's research, outreach, and other achievements from the year. The report includes a two page spread on iDigBio which includes a summary of the project's outcomes, activites, and achievements from the past five years. The section can be found on pages 14 and 15 of the...
Published: 01-14-2016
Special Issue on Sustainability in Biobanking With guest editors Marianne Henderson, Daniel Simeon-Dubach, and Monique Albert. From the Official Journal of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. The issue includes ten articles with free access through February 1, 2016. View the press release or visit the special issue to read and download articles.
Published: 01-06-2016
  Bruce Lieberman, the Principal Investigator of the TCN: Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in Biogeography - Creating a PALEONICHES, was interviewed in a 40 minute radio program called the “Central Standard” on the Kansas City, Missouri, National Public Radio affiliate (KCUR 89.3). The topics discussed during the interview included fossil deposits in Kansas and...
Published: 12-18-2015
  Blog Post By Karen Cranston   Part of the mission of Data Carpentry is to encourage and enable reproducible research. The core Data Carpentry curriculum teaches researchers approaches and skills that are fundamental to reproducible research, such as scripting and data management. We are also adopting a Reproducible Research curriculum that explicitly focuses on...
Published: 11-30-2015
In this video, Deb Paul, a Digitization Specialist, provides a brief overview of iDigBio. This video was created during the Entomology 2015 Conference by Derek A. Woller. Learn more by visiting Entomology Today.  

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