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TCN Report: Short Course on Biological Specimen Informatics

Thu, 2013-08-15 16:09 -- kevinlove

The Tri-Tropic Database Thematic Collection Network recently finished up an exciting course about present best practices for specimen-level data management.The two-week Short Course on Biological Specimen Informatics was designed as a first introduction to biological informatics with early career graduates students in mind. 

 

Authors: Jeremy Frank (Short Course Participant) & Katja Seltmann (TTD Project Manager, AMNH)

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iDigBio Responds to Call for International Collaboration

Thu, 2013-07-25 13:26 -- gnelson

The expansive scope of iDigBio’s activities places it in the forefront of national and international digitization and data aggregation efforts. Recognizing the importance of its numerous international partners and encouraged by the NSF to expand international collaborations, iDigBio accepted an invitation to join a digitization symposium featured at the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and to follow the symposium with a digitization workshop for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in Canberra, Australia.

SPNHC 2013 – DemoCamp: Demonstration of iDigBio’s Specimen Data Portal

Mon, 2013-07-22 14:05 -- djennings

Demo Camp live demonstrations are a highlight of the annual SPNHC conferences. This year, iDigBio took this great opportunity to show the natural history collections community all we've accomplished in two years’ time. iDigBio Principal Investigator, Pam Soltis, stepped up to show off the iDigBio Data and Image Portal.

iDigBio Retreat 2013: Incorporating Insights and Ideas for the Future

Thu, 2013-05-16 16:48 -- dpaul

On May 6th and 7th, 2013, in a barn 3 hours from the home of iDigBio at University of Florida in Gainesville, the entire staff of iDigBio from UF and Florida State University gathered at Tall Timbers Research Station just north of Tallahassee for a two day retreat. Getting together at one time and in one place to work together was a rare opportunity everyone appreciated. We shared stories, celebrated almost two years of our project, and worked on our strategic plan.

Entomologists Gather for Insect Digitization Workshop in Chicago

Tue, 2013-04-30 11:42 -- gnelson

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) turned out to be the perfect venue for iDigBio’s April 23–25 (2013) Dried Insect Digitization workshop. Overlooking Grant Park and the Chicago lakefront, FMNH provided an exceptionally attractive and hospitable environment with outstanding amenities. About 50 entomologists and digitization professionals from the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom attended, bringing together a diverse assemblage of knowledge and skill to address the complex job of digitizing pinned insect collections. 

ASB–iDigBio Digitization Symposium and Workshop Report: An Inspiring Event

Fri, 2013-04-19 07:59 -- gnelson

Digitization was a hot topic at the 2013 Association of Southeastern Biologists’ (ASB) meeting held in Charleston, West Virginia the week of April 10. Well before the beginning of the ASB–iDigBio-sponsored digitization symposium and workshop, several conference goers had already offered important papers outlining strategies and successes in digitizing small herbaria and incorporating digitization into biodiversity field research.

iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

Mon, 2013-04-15 17:04 -- dpaul

iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

UPDATE: Participants Selected, GWG Second Train the Trainers Workshop Agenda

NOTE: AdobeConnect set up for REMOTE participation. Join us!

Save the Date Now and Join us remotely! See you August 12th - August 16th.

Application submission deadline was Thursday May 9th, 2013.

iDigBio Links DNA Banks and Genetic Resources Repositories with New Web Feature, Requests Community Input

Wed, 2013-04-03 14:03 -- kevinlove

Natural history collections have always played a crucial role in organismal biology, serving both as repositories for biological specimens that document biodiversity in space and time and sources of materials for scientific study.

iDigBio is actively compiling a list of DNA banking facilities and genetic resources repositories in the United States... more

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Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop Opportunity

Wed, 2013-03-27 21:49 -- gnelson

iDigBio, the National Science Foundation’s national HUB for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC), in collaboration with the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, is pleased to announce the fifth in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on biological collections digitization. The workshop announced here focuses on imaging techniques for fluid-preserved invertebrates and microscopic slides.

iDigBio and Yale Peabody Museum Announce Paleontology Digitization Workshop

Mon, 2013-03-18 09:03 -- gnelson

iDigBio, in collaboration with Yale Peabody Museum, is pleased to announce the fourth in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, maintaining, and/or enhancing a collections digitization program. This new workshop will focus on digitizing paleontology collections, including invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. 

Short Course on Biological Specimen Informatics at the American Museum of Natural History

Tue, 2013-03-12 07:22 -- kevinlove

As part of an NSF-funded Thematic Collections Network award, in mid-May the American Museum of Natural History will be offering a 2-week course dealing with the fundamentals of specimen databasing and how the tools used in this process can facilitate research in biology.

Wet Collections Digitization Workshop Report

Mon, 2013-03-11 20:13 -- gnelson

When iDigBio announced an upcoming wet collections digitization workshop to be held in cooperation with the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, we had no idea what to expect. As it turns out, we must have hit a nerve. By the close of the application period, well over 50 people had responded - far exceeding our expectations.

Update from the iDigBio Augmenting OCR working group

Sun, 2013-02-24 22:34 -- jaholliday

UPDATE II: More Details!!

Over the past 16 weeks, the aOCR wg has successfully orchestrated multiple initiatives intended to address some key issues on the working group's Wish List. Here, we briefly report on our recent Hackathon, held February 13-14, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas, and on our "BioBlitz" at the iSchools iConference 2013, which was held February 12-15 in Forth Worth. We also discuss planned papers and new interactions resulting from these events. 

IDigBio Announces Dried Insect Digitization Workshop April 24-25, 2013

Fri, 2012-12-07 16:03 -- gnelson

Pinned Insect DraweriDigBio is pleased to announce the third in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, maintaining, and/or enhancing a biological collections digitization program. This workshop will focus on digitization of dried insect specimens, stored in drawers and trays, either pinned or in packets. The workshop will be held at The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois April 24–25, 2013. We have funding to support travel and per diem for 24 participants. April 23 and 26 will be travel days, with a welcoming reception early evening, April 23. Those desiring to attend this workshop should complete the online application no later than February 15, 2013. For more information, contact Gil Nelson.(gnelson@bio.fsu.edu).

New iDigBio Workshop Opportunity: Digitizing Specimens in Wet Collections, March 5–6, 2013

Thu, 2012-11-01 09:08 -- gnelson

iDigBio is pleased to announce the second in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, maintaining, and enhancing a biological collections digitization program. This new workshop will focus on digitization of wet collections, to include specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book imaging, and digitization of legacy objects such as X-rays, CT scans, and 35mm slides.

Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Specimens Workshop Report

Tue, 2012-10-09 15:22 -- kevinlove

iDigBio’s Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Specimens Workshop was held on September 28-29 in Gainesville, FL.

Topics included the role of citizen science, ways to engage the public in digitization, methods to build public participant virtual communities, and an overview of biodiversity informatics software to facilitate public participation. Visit the workshop wiki page for links to the final agenda, the GoogleDoc, and the presentations.

Herbarium Digitization Training Workshop

Wed, 2012-09-19 08:19 -- gnelson

Thirty participants gathered at Valdosta State University September 16–18, 2012 for iDigBio’s first herbarium digitization workshop. About half of the diverse group represented institutions at the earliest stages of launching digitization programs. More experienced attendees sought strategies for refining their institution’s workflows, processes, and protocols. iDigBio extends special recognition and appreciation to Valdosta State for hosting the workshop, providing extensive on-site support, and for making technology available that ensured the workshop's success.

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Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Data TCN Kick-off Meeting

Fri, 2012-09-07 16:28 -- kevinlove

After a flurry of summer planning activities and software and workflow development, the New England Vascular Plant TCN (NEVP) officially kicked off with a meeting at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on September 6, 2012. NEVP plans to digitize collections from 15 herbaria across New England, with a focus on creating a dataset that can be used to study the impact of climate change and land-use history across this region. 

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iDigBio's first Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop

Sun, 2012-07-08 21:55 -- dpaul

The Georeferencing Working Group at iDigBio is pleased to host the first "Train-the-Trainers" Georeferencing Workshop to be held October 8-12, 2012, in Gainesville, Florida. Participants will learn the fundamentals of georeferencing best practices with a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, including paper maps, the MaNIS Georeferencing Calculator, GEOLocate, BioGeomancer and online exercises. Special attention will be paid to the specific and unique georeferencing needs of the TCNs.

iDigBio Specimen Portal Technology Preview 2012

Fri, 2012-07-06 10:23 -- kevinlove

iDigBio's technology preview is the first release of a semi-annual release cycle for a specimen portal that will eventually contain over 1 billion vouchered specimen records. This technology preview contains sample datasets provided by Morphbank and the Florida Museum of Natural History, some of which is research quality specimen data. These datasets allow iDigBio to share its development efforts with the community for feedback and guidance. You can access the technology preview here: portal.iDigBio.org

 

Digitization Workflow Workshop Report

Wed, 2012-06-06 12:05 -- jgrabon

Members of the collections community gather in Gainesville, FL to produce optimized specimen digitization workflows at the Developing Robust Object-to-Image-to-Data (DROID) Workshop. Tremendous participant insight holds the promise for informative documentation that will benefit all collections conducting or initiating digitization activities.

Paleocollections Digitization Workshop Report

Thu, 2012-05-31 21:44 -- jaholliday

Bruce MacFadden reports on the recent Paleocollections Digitization Workshop hosted by iDigBio and FLMNH. The workshop was held to assess the status and future of digitized collections within the paleontological community. Presentations, discussions and breakout sessions focused on three themes: 1) tools, datapases and portals, 2) digitization and workflows, and 3) research applications and Grand Challenges.  

iDigBio Call for Community Appliances

Wed, 2012-04-11 10:53 -- kevinlove

An important activity of iDigBio is to deliver IT infrastructure and services for a highly coordinated biocollections digitization community.

Through the use of computer appliances, the community will interact with the iDigBio storage cloud and specimen database.

The iDigBio team seeks to team up with developers of tools to guide development, disseminate, and host virtual appliances that integrate such tools.

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