Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) projects. This year we have three new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and six Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community.
Article contributed by Julie Bokor (UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training)
Contributed by: J Ryan Allen, Dina Clark and Erin Tripp (University of Colorado)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus
Article and photos contributed by Natasza Fontaine
The 99th Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration of the American Society of Mammalogists took place 28 June to 2 July 2019, at the birthplace of ASM, Washington, DC. iDigBio helped to mark this important milestone through organizing a session on broadening representation in mammalogy as well organizing the first ever Data Help Desk at ASM.
Developing a vocabulary and ontology for modeling insect natural history data
This article was contributed by Brian Stucky, Florida Museum of Natural History.
Figure1: A specimen of the cicada Hadoa duryi, available on the iDigBio portal.
Conservation Focus: New Insights for Conservation from Expansion of Physical‐Collection Digital Data
Libby Ellwood, Pam Soltis, and Mary Klein
Photo courtesy of: David Keil
Article contributed by: Katelin Pearson
Bioblitz group photo (Florida Museum Photo Department)
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:
Summit 2018 group photo
Utilising publicly available species occurrence records to generate contemporary estimates of medically important snake species distributions
Contributed by: Joshua Longbottom, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Workshop Group Photo
Contributed by: Timothy J. Baroni & Andrew N. Miller
State University of New York, Cortland, NY and University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Chlorophyllum molybdites (Image courtesy of Roy Halling)
Rattails and Grenadiers (Family Macrouridae)
Images courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer
Contributed by Randy Singer
Digital Coyote; an online archive of skulls
Contributed by: Osrica Mclean and Declan McCabe
How can you provide an authentic opportunity for undergraduate students to study geographical variation without hauling them to major metropolitan museums and arranging access to valuable specimens? This question started a slightly obsessive odyssey that began with a single coyote skull and now stands at 125 skulls….and counting.
Over 240 biodiversity and data scientists, including more than 30 students and representing at least 7 countries, assembled a
After two days of soaking up talks and plenary keynotes focused on the theme of Emerging Innovations for Biodiversity Data, 20 participants gathered together to share what ideas inspired them.