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American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Updates "Herbarium Practices and Ethics"

The Systematics Collections Committee of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists has updated the recommendations on herbarium practices and ethics that were previously published by the Society in 1958 and 1973. The recommendations and considerations presented here are intended to provide a set of guidelines for proper management and care of herbarium collections.

Read the recommendations at

2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

Are you an open data champion? The 2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will award up to €34,000 in prizes to the most innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science.

Between 23 January and 1 August, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit them to this open-ended incentive competition.

Position Announcement: iDigBio Project Assistant

The National Center for Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (iDigBio), centered at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), is developing an integrated national infrastructure for digitization of biodiversity collections housed in U.S. institutions. The resource is providing access to information critical to scientific research and education, including that designed to understand biodiversity and societal consequences of global change and other environmental issues.

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.


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