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Libby Ellwood will present an overview of the field of public participation in the digitization of biodiversity specimens at the Botany 2014 meeting in Boise, Idaho. Libby's talk is 9:15-9:30 in room Payette at the Boise Center.
Austin Mast will present on iDigBio's prototype system for managing public participation in digitization of biodiversity specimens at Botany 2014 in Boise, Idaho. It will occur from 8:45-9 a.m. in room Payette in the Boise Center.
The CITSCribe Hackathon, co-organized by Zooniverse's Notes from Nature Project and iDigBio brought together over 30 programmers and researchers from the areas of biodiversity research and digital humanities for a week to further enable public participation in the transcription of biodiversity specimen labels.
Public engagement in scientific research (sometimes referred to as citizen science) is not new, but new web resources (e.g., from the Zooniverse, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and USA National Phenology Network suites of projects) provide scientists with opportunities to engage the public in ways and at scales not previously possible. At the same time, the public is increasingly provided with opportunities to