Press Releases

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.  
Published: 09-28-2015
  The Digital Atlas of Ancient Life  just released a free app for iPhones and iPads. The app is an electronic field guide that has an interactive digital atlas for the paleontology time periods: Neogene, Pennsylvanian, and Ordovician. The Digital Atlas of Ancient Life Electronic Field Guide App is part of the project "Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in...
Published: 09-15-2015
  Understanding species distributions and having access to digital biodiversity information internationally is essential for scientists to have a comprehensive understanding of biodiversity.  An international team, including the University of Florida’s Robert Guralnick, Associate Curator of Biodiversity Informatics at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is bringing us closer...
Published: 09-11-2015
  Purple loosestrife. Image courtesy: U-M Herbarium. The University of Michigan recently published their fourth installment in a series of articles highlighting the University of Michigan Herbarium's digitization efforts and participation in ADBC. the University of Michigan Herbarium is collaborating with more than 20 other entities across seven states and Canada, to document...

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