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PHOIBOS2 at Biosphere 2 - practical hacking on identifiers

Thu, 2016-02-18 12:10 -- grungle

Permanent, globally unique identifiers are increasingly critical for the efficient analysis, publishing, tracking and reuse of dig data, including biological, geological and ecological information.  Practical Hacking On Identifiers at BiOSphere2 (PHOIBOS2) took place at The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, from Feb 17-19, 2016.  The Biosphere2 was an ideal location for a workshop - remote, spiny vegetation,

Research Spotlight: Using Museum Specimens to Refine Models of Species Distribution

Wed, 2016-01-13 12:47 -- maphillips

Using museum specimens to refine models of species distribution

-- Contributed by Charlotte Germain-Aubrey

Using distribution models are crucial for estimating levels of biodiversity at the landscape level. Museum specimens are a significant source of information for these models as they witness current but also past habitats...read more here.

The Inaugural WeDigBio Event: Global Event Advances Digitization and Science Literacy

Thu, 2015-11-19 10:10 -- maphillips

Hundreds of volunteers around the world transcribed >30,000 specimen labels at 25 events over four days (Oct 22–25, 2015) in the first Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event.  Events spanned a range of formal and informal education venues, from middle-school and undergraduate science classrooms to county libraries to museums, universities, and botanical gardens, such as the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural H

iDigBio and Data Carpentry go to Africa

Tue, 2015-10-27 16:14 -- dpaul

Location: BIS (TDWG) 2015 Biodiversity Information Standards:
An amazing 2 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya.
by Deb Paul, input from Libby Ellwood and Matt Collins.

iDigBio and the EMu NHSIG in Philadelphia

Wed, 2015-10-14 10:57 -- joanna

iDigBio was delighted with Axiell's generous invitation to present a half-day digitization workshop at the annual meeting of the EMu user group Natural History Special Interest Group (NHSIG), held October 7 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. After determining via survey what EMu users would be interested in hearing about, we fashioned the following well-received agenda:

A summer learning R to clean up data with the iDigBio portal recordset correction feature

Sun, 2015-10-11 00:30 -- dpaul

by Heather Appleby, former undergrad intern, Tri-Trophic Thematic Collection Network (TTD-TCN). Katja Seltmann (TTD-TCN), Deb Paul, Alex Thompson, and Matt Collins Eds.

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Exploring unique values in iDigBio using Apache Spark

Thu, 2015-09-10 16:55 -- mcollins

Data exploration for large datasets is always challenging. Often you are left with deciding between subsetting the dataset (randomly or on some facet), making slow progress waiting for results just to find that something needs to be fixed, or optimizing code for performance when you don't even know if the result is going to be interesting. Having a high-performance system capable of ad-hoc investigation has always been difficult and/or expensive.

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