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Museum to create online database of Alaska flora

Theresa Baker

It has been more than 50 years since scientists completed a comprehensive survey of Alaska’s plants. Now the University of Alaska Museum of the North will use a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create an innovative online database of Alaska’s plants.

Curator Steffi Ickert-Bond credited the successful award to the museum’s curator emeritus, David Murray, and others who built the herbarium’s collections of 270,000 specimens and their digital metadata.

Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Associate oVert TNC

The openVertebrate (oVert) Thematic Collection Network (TCN)—funded by the US National Science Foundation—is seeking a postdoctoral scientist that will work with the oVert team to develop and fine-tune protocols for imaging using x-ray computed tomography (CT-scanning) and workflows for sharing digital anatomical datasets using on-line depositories. A portion of this position will be dedicated to project management and grant administration.

NSF INCLUDES CONFERENCE: Bringing Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion in Data Science to the Environmental Sciences

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) recently received funding from NSF's INCLUDES program to host a conference examining diversity and inclusion within data science professions with an emphasis on the environmental sciences (Boulder, CO, April 2-4, 2019). Funding is provided to support travel and conference expenses for selected applicants.

NAU receives NSF collaborative grant to improve software used to manage biodiversity data

The National Science Foundation awarded Northern Arizona University and Utah State University a three-year, $700,000 collaborative grant to improve the usability and accessibility of Symbiota, an online platform that allows natural history collections to share data, including images, for millions of biological specimens. Currently, Symbiota includes data for more than 37 million specimens from almost 800 collections.

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

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

iDigBio Hiring Systems Programmer!

iDigBio is hiring a systems programmer at the ACIS lab in the Electrical Engineering department! Come join our 4 person team working on our data infrastructure and build out new systems around data quality, taxonomy, annotations, 3-D media, and linked open data.

This is a grant-funded position.​

Applications *MUST* be submitted through the University of Florida jobs website:


iDigBio Featured in Florida Museum of Natural History Annual Report


The Florida Museum of Natural History recently released their 2014-2015 Annual Report that highlights the museum's research, outreach, and other achievements from the year. The report includes a two page spread on iDigBio which includes a summary of the project's outcomes, activites, and achievements from the past five years. The section can be found on pages 14 and 15 of the report.

Canada's Museum of Nature is Digitizing 3 Million Specimens. Part of an international movement to put archives online for researchers.

Canada's Museum of Nature is part of an international movement to put archives online for researchers. CLICK HERE to read full article on CBC News site.

By Max Paris Environment Unit, CBC News Posted: Jan 05, 2014 9:00 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 05, 2014 12:21 PM ET


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