Citizen science

Symposium on Major Motivations Across Scale for Digitizing Biodiversity

Tue, 03/28/2023 - 9:38am -- austinmast

WeDigBio's Why Dig Bio symposium.

Three thought leaders reflect on major motivations to create digital information about biodiversity at international, national, and personal scales.  What drives the creation and sharing of digital data about the three billion insects on pins, fish in jars, fossils in drawers, plants on sheets, and other specimen types curated by the world's museums, universities, government labs, botanical gardens, zoos, and elsewhere? 

Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 4:52pm -- ekrimmel

We are excited to announce the return of our popular professional development opportunity: Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Collections.

This free online course is focused on public participation in science as it relates to digitization and research using biodiversity specimens. Public participation in science is sometimes referred to as citizen science, community science, or crowdsourcing.

Spring WeDigBio Event

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 7:54pm -- maphillips


Gather your friends, colleagues, students and family to mobilize natural history collections data during WeDigBio and support critical biodiversity research! This spring, WeDigBio will take place April 8-11, 2021.

Similar to last year, we are anticipating that most, if not all WeDigBio events will take place online, enabled by Zoom, Twitter, and other social platforms. The April 2020 event was the most productive yet and we’re hoping for another great turnout this year!

WeDigBio Strategic Planning Workshop

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 8:51am -- austinmast

The workshop is scheduled for four days at the end of January and beginning of February.  To enable everyone to participate at a time that is convenient, we have provided two two-hour options (9–11 a.m. ET and 3–5 p.m. ET) for each day. There will be groups meeting on the day’s topics at both of those times, and participants may join one or both of those timeslots each day.  

WeDigBio at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 1:52pm -- maphillips

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)

Big Data and Bugs: How Massively Collected Biodiversity Data Are Changing the Way We Do Insect Science - Symposium at EntSoc 2017

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:17am -- dpaul

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


Florida Museum of Natural History WeDigBio Transcription Blitz

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:51am -- maphillips

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!

Making it Count: Citizen Science Activities in the Classroom Contribute to Our Understanding of Biodiversity

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:09am -- austinmast

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.

The Inaugural WeDigBio Event: Global Event Advances Digitization and Science Literacy

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:10am -- maphillips

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

Florida State University Transcription Blitz with Florida Native Plant Society

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:33am -- maphillips

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.

Demo and Webinar: Interactive Handwritten Text Recognition and Indexing of Historical Documents: tranScriptorium and the Transkribus Platform

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:56am -- dpaul

Webinar: Practitioner tools and resources for evaluating learning outcome in citizen science

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:01pm -- maphillips

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"

Webinar: Zooniverse 2.0, What the Future Holds for Large-Scale Online Citizen Science

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 2:57pm -- maphillips

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"


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