Advances in Digital Media Virtual Showcase Series

Please join iDigBio and experts from our community for a two-part virtual showcase highlighting advancements at the leading edge of digital media creation (2D, 3D, video, acoustic recordings, etc.) and use in the context of biodiversity collections research.

The first showcase (25 March) will focus on the media data creation. Topics will include advances in imaging techniques, equipment, software, workflows, and more.


Envisioning a Natural History Collections Action Center

In 2020, an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released its report Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century. Recommendation 8-1 of the report, included the establishment of a national Action Center for biological collections, which was codified into law by the U.S. Congress as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

iDigTRIO 2024

The sixth annual iDigTRIO conference took place February 19-24, 2024. The goal of iDigTRIO is to broaden the network of people, resources, and opportunities available to pre-collegiate and college students, with particular outreach to “low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities”, per the Federal TRIO program guidelines.

Registration Open for Spring 2024 Strategic Planning for Herbaria Course


Dear Colleagues,

iDigBio and the Society of Herbarium Curators are pleased to announce an 8-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” online course.

Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Prepare to relate your herbarium’s compelling vision to stakeholders and discuss long-term goals and strategies with administrators.

1st Place Student Prize at TDWG 2023

iDigBio would like to wish Michael Elliott a big congratulations for winning the 1st Place Student Prize at TDWG for his talk titled: "Using ChatGPT with Confidence for Biodiversity-Related Information Tasks"! Michael is a PhD student in the ACIS lab under the supervision of Dr. José A. B. Fortes at the University of Florida. Michael’s talk focused on how users can mine ChatGPT for information that is not yet found in data aggregators like iDigBio and do so with high confidence in the correctness of that information.

Congratulations again, Michael Elliott!


Research Spotlight: May 2017

Using specimens to create a pollinator community assessment of restored tallgrass prairie

-- Contributed by Heather Cray, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo

Animal species need space – a place to forage, grow, and nest. This is especially true of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), whose caterpillars generally feed exclusively on one genus or species of host plant (think monarch butterflies and milkweed). For the 4,000 or so species of native bees in North America, required forage plants and nesting sites vary from common suburban offerings (e.g., patches of bare ground, maples, willows, clover), to specialized needs which are ecosystem-specific.  Enter tallgrass prairie – a grassland ecosystem with high forb diversity that supports a dizzying array of invertebrate life. As our continent’s most endangered ecosystem, the 1-3% that remains is a mix of remnant and restored habitat, and restoration efforts-- both large and small, are ongoing. Read more here.

SPNHC 2015: Sowing the Seeds of Digitization

The Florida Museum of Natural History and partners hosted the 30th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) from May 17-23, 2015, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. The theme of the conference was “Making Natural History Collections Accessible Through New and Innovative Approaches and Partnerships”.

Field to Database (F2DB): field-data collecting trends and 21st century data skills

From Deb Paul, @idbdeb

This 4-day hands-on short course in March investigated current trends in collecting, and focused on best practices and skills development for supporting the collection and sharing of robust, fit-for-research-use data.


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