iDigBio is pleased to announce an 8-week "Strategic Planning for Biodiversity Collections” online course.
Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Prepare to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and discuss long-term goals and strategies with administrators.
Thirty participants gathered virtually for a workshop, Using wikidata to capture and share information about people in paleontology, on March 29-31, 2022. This workshop was a hands-on introduction to finding, editing, and using data in wikidata, using people associated with paleontology collections (e.g., collectors, researchers, collections staff) as subjects. Wikidata offers a centralized, accessible platform for working collaboratively to disambiguate people associated with collections and mobilize biographical information about them.
Since we are virtual again this year we created a way to digitize some of that organic mentoring magic that happens at every conference through the virtual Digital Data Mentorship Program.
Three ways to introduce your biodiversity collections to the world during April’s WeDigBio event (Thursday–Sunday, April 7–10, 2022) and the broader Citizen Science Month!
Let us know your plans by Wednesday, March 23, so that your activities can appear on the calendar and we have enough time to get the WeDigBio stickers and tattoos to you for your participants.
Draba verna flowering. Image taken from: https://awkwardbotany.com/2018/05/23/tiny-plants-draba-verna/
Every year around this time I think about Aldo Leopold’s ode to Draba, a tiny, inconspicuous plant that can serve as an early sign of spring in some areas for the extra observant.
Joshua Benjamin explains to participants what they are seeing when looking in the microscope at the Subalusky's Lab table during the Resource Fair.
The Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio are pleased to announce an 8-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” online course.
Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Prepare to relate your herbarium’s compelling vision to stakeholders and discuss long-term goals and strategies with administrators.
Synopsis of Program:
Happy 2022 to all collections’ community colleagues. iDigBio is excited about the biodiversity community’s collective successes in 2021 and is looking forward to an adventurous upcoming year with many new activities on its workplan.
Contributed by Molly Phillips
The end of 2021 is now on the horizon but, if you are like me, your schedule is as busy as ever! I have been thinking about how nice it would be to roll into a ball and block out the world for a little while, which made me think of the marvelous pillbug.
Ghost Jelly (Cyanea nozakii)
Contributed by Lauren Bradley (University of Florida Student and 2021 iDigBio Summer Intern)
Dead Leaf Butterfly! (Kallima inachus)
Contributed by: Lauren Bradley
Autumn is right around the corner, and what a beautiful season it is! Here in Florida, we see the occasional red or yellow leaf during the autumn months, but really, all we can hope for is some cooler weather, and even that isn’t guaranteed. The Kallima inachus seems to agree with us humans in admiring the beauty of autumn, as they have evolved to imitate dead leaves! (Thus giving them their common name, the dead leaf butterfly).
Digitized paleontological collections recontextualize the ecology of introduced turkeys in California
Contributed by: Ashwin Sivakumar & Alexis Mychajliw
Contributed by: Molly Phillips
iDigBio launched its new Digitization Academy this summer with an inaugural course, Introduction to Biodiversity Specimen Digitization. This free, online course focuses on introducing the creation of digital data about biodiversity specimens to those who are just beginning this activity.
iDigBio researchers and staff joined nearly 2000 other attendees from over 60 countries at the virtual Botany Conference, July 18-23, 2021. Talks throughout the conference showcased the essential role of herbaria–and digitized data associated with herbarium specimens–in the botanical sciences.