Come join us at the Florida Museum of Natural History as we help digitize natural history collections as part of the global event -- WeDigBio!
When: October 20, 2018, from 10am -1pm ET
Where: The Florida Museum of Natural History (University of Florida Cultural Plaza 3215 Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611-2710)
by Deborah Paul, Ana Dal Molin, and Pam Soltis, with contributions from all symposium presenters. Symposium from iDigBio and Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Contributed by Libby Ellwood and Austin Mast (iDigBio-Florida State University).
FLMNH WeDigBio Transcription Blitz!
Come join us October 22, 2016, from 11am-3pm at the Florida Museum of Natural History to help digitize Florida's biodiversity.
The transcription blitz is part of the Cultural Plaza Festival and will feature games, prizes, and a chance to interact with University of Florida scientists.
Learn more about WeDigBio!
by Libby Ellwood and Austin Mast
During its inaugural year, the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections Event, WeDigBio 2015, engaged thousands of citizen scientists from >50 countries in transcribing specimen labels over four days.
Speaker: Austin Mast
Abstract: Citizen Science is public engagement in scientific research. This engagement enables data collection at unprecedented scales to address pressing scientific and social challenges while offering new ways to boost science literacy. See how two citizen science projects—online transcription of label data from historical museum specimens and neighborhood observations of present day diversity—generate valuable data and provide complementary activities for addressing biodiversity topics in the classroom.
Hundreds of volunteers around the world transcribed >30,000 specimen labels at 25 events over four days (Oct 22–25, 2015) in the first Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event. Events spanned a range of formal and informal education venues, from middle-school and undergraduate science classrooms to county libraries to museums, universities, and botanical gardens, such as the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural H
On Friday, May 29, Florida State University held a transcription blitz for attendees of the Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference. This was the third digitization blitz hosted by iDigBio, the Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections Thematic Collections Network, and FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium.
When: April 8, 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
Speaker: Tina Phillips, Evaluation Program Manager, Department of Program Development and Evaluation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
Title: "Practitioner tools and resources for evaluating learning outcome in citizen science"
When: April 1, 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
Speaker: Laura Whyte, Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium
Title: "Zooniverse 2.0: What the Future Holds for Large-Scale Online Citizen Science"
When: March 25, 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
Speaker: David Bonter, Assistant Director of Citizen Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
Title: "Filtering out the noise: Data validation challenges and strategies in citizen science"
When: March 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
Speaker: Greg Newman Director, CitSci.org; Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Title: "Supporting field-based citizen science: The CitSci.org cyberinfrastructure"
Citizen science involves the public in the generation of scientific knowledge. With a new professional society (http://citizenscienceassociation.org/) and an emerging journal, citizen science has reached a stage of explosive growth with new opportunities for citizen scientists appearing weekly.
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