Citizen science

Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

The aim of this free, online Digitization Academy course is to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully (1) identify and address the opportunities and additional complexity that public participation introduces to a digitization project at a biodiversity collection, including ethical and legal factors, (2) design a public participation in digitization project, including budgeting and risk management, (3) identify, evaluate, and use tools and online platforms in a public participation in digitization wor

Symposium on Major Motivations Across Scale for Digitizing Biodiversity

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

This free, online course aims to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to design and implement a biodiversity collections digitization project that successfully engages the public in online settings.  

This course is targeted at those already associated with a biodiversity collection, such as collections managers, curators, student technicians, administrators, or others. The course will be relevant to a diversity of collection types.  Participants do not need prior knowledge of biodiversity informatics or specialized software. 

Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

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


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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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 Histor

Florida State University Transcription Blitz with Florida Native Plant Society

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


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