Research Spotlight: July 2021

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 1:47pm -- maphillips


Assessment of the pinned specimen digitization progress of the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection

Ashley L. Smith, Derek S. Sikes, Taylor L. Kane, Adam Haberski, Jayce B. Williamson, Renee K. Nowicki, Michael J. Apperson

University of Alaska Museum, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

This article was originally published in the Alaska Entomological Society Newsletter AKES_newsletter_2021_n1_a01.pdf (akentsoc.org)

Sustaining the momentum of digitization in biodiversity collections

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 3:16pm -- ekrimmel

Join iDigBio and panelists from the community in a moderated conversation about sustaining digitization and data mobilization activities in biodiversity collections beyond initial grant funding. Panelists will discuss strategies for integrating digitization into an institution’s ongoing activities and budget, including what metrics they see as valuable for gaining internal support. Panelists will also consider impediments to sustaining digitization.

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.  

Arctos Webinar: the new collections onboarding process

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 1:55pm -- maphillips

Abstract: Joining the Arctos Community means meeting new collaborators, learning new skills, and a lot of data clean-up. Whether you joined five years ago, last week, plan to join soon, or want to help mentor new members, this webinar will help explain the process we have set up to help new members of the Arctos Community get their collections up and running. Learn why we use GitHub, how to best get help, who has the answers and where to find documentation. Onboarding never really ends, even our most senior community members are adding new types of collections data.

Imaging and Digitization Workshop for Avocational Paleontologists

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 3:11pm -- maphillips

Contributed by: Jeanette Pirlo

Figure 1: Imaging Workshop participant demonstrates proper imaging techniques by manipulating lighting, enhancing the specimen by providing a matte background, and properly using a scalebar in the image. Photo Credit: Jeanette Pirlo


Webinar: LightningBug, Mass Digitization of Pinned Insect Specimens

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 8:36am -- maphillips

LightningBug: Mass Digitization of Pinned Insect Specimens

What: Overview of LightningBug project followed by open discussion
When: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Where: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/room/ select “Enter as guest,” enter your full name, and click Enter room.

Job Opp @iDigBio with the Digitization/Workforce Training Team @FSU

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:14pm -- dpaul

UPDATE: The application process is closed, candidate review is underway.

UPDATE: There's still time - one week left to apply!

iDigBio is seeking a new team member for the Digitization and Workforce Development branch of the project. The group is located at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Job Opportunity at iDigBio with the Digitization/Workforce Training Team at FSU

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 5:10pm -- dpaul

Greetings Everyone,

iDigBio is seeking a new team member at iDigBio for the Digitization and Workforce Development branch of the project. The group is located at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

MOBILISE First Training School on Digitization and Data Management of Collections!

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:38pm -- dpaul

The European MOBILISE COST Action sets out "to foster a cooperative network in Europe to support excellent research activities, and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer around natural science collections." As part of their efforts to prepare for the funding and implementation of DiSSCo, they are setting up their first First Training School on Digitization and Data Management of Collections!

iDigBio at SPNHC 2019: Making the Case for Natural History Collections

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:34am -- dpaul

The SPNHC 2019 theme: Making the Case for Natural History Collections offers everyone a chance to share the value of collections for society and science. iDigBio staff look forward to contributing to this story and visiting the Field Museum who are hosting this year's SPNHC meeting.

Some of the events iDigBio is organizing or participating in include:

Sharing Strategies for Mobilizing Collections in South America - iDigBio at the XXXII Brazilian Congress of Zoology (CBZ)

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 9:03am -- maphillips

Contributed by Ana Dal Molin, INCT-Hympar/CAPES postdoctoral fellow at Laboratório de Biodiversidade de Insetos, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. All images from Ana Dal Molin

UK SWANS Practical Digitization Workshop

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:38pm -- dpaul

Participants at this event are staff caring for small and regional collections, essentially, non-national museum curators. This workshop will key in on ideas, models, and training for incorporating digitization at this level. The goals are to focus on practical recommendations that require very little in the way of additional budget or expertise where possible. Practical training may be offered in one or two key areas, for example, georeferencing, data standards, and review of recommendations based on the Five Task Clusters paper (Nelson, et al 2012).

ICEDIG: Innovation and consolidation for large scale digitization of natural heritage

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:58pm -- dpaul

Imagine an ADBC-type program for the EU and related countries with their very own version of Thematic Collection Networks and an iDigBio-like hub. This very idea is coming soon with the monicker: DiSSCo -- Distributed System of Scientific Collections. How will it be structured? What human resources will be needed? What about the cyberinfrastructure? What experiences and lessons learned can iDigBio share to benefit DiSSCo?


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