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Darwin Core Hour: Making DNA and tissue collections available by using the GGBN extensions with IPT

UPDATE: Recording here http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/pfvb99zx6nle/ packed with lots of information about sharing dna and sample data. You can take the post-webinar survey to share your insights: http://bit.ly/dwchourGGBN

Welcome to our first Darwin Core Hour of 2018! Making DNA and tissue collections available by using the GGBN extensions with IPT

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Time: 5 PM CET, 11 EST, 1 PM Buenos Aires

Specify 101: Session One

The Specify Software Project is establishing a series of weekly helpcast sessions using Adobe Connect, aimed at providing practical tips and suggestions for using Specify for specimen data computerization.

The first Specify helpcast session is scheduled for next Friday, October 3, 2014, at 11 AM U.S. Central Time, 12 PM ET, 10 AM Mountain, 9 AM Pacific.   The session will be 30 minutes long with a 15 minute screencast presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

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iDigBio’s Paleo Digitization Workshop Draws more than 60 Attendees to New Haven

More than 60 paleontologists representing 41 institutions assembled in New Haven, CT the week of September 23rd, 2013 to share ideas, protocols, preferences, and strategies. This was iDigBio’s most populous workshop to date, with an assortment of excellent presentations and ample opportunities for rich discussion.

iDigBio and the KU Biodiversity Institute Conduct Specify Workshop

iDigBio, Specify Software Project, and the Biodivesity Institute at University of Kansas joined forces the week of August 12–16, 2013 to offer its first “progressive” Specify workshop. The recent release of Specify 6.5 made the event a timely adventure. Twenty on-site participants representing 16 institutions were joined by up to 20 remote attendees for the occasion. The workshop began with basic installation of Specify, followed by four days of progressively advanced topics.

Entomologists Gather for Insect Digitization Workshop in Chicago

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) turned out to be the perfect venue for iDigBio’s April 23–25 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

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.

Biological Collections Databases, Tools, and Data Publication Portals

 

Launching a biological collections digitization program requires careful selection of a database management system, portal option, aggregator, and associated data enrichment tools. Numerous database systems, data publication portals, and other productivity tools are in use across the collections community, all of which vary in cost, installation requirements, storage methods, approaches to data processing, and other important features. iDigBio has begun the process of reviewing the various systems, tools, and data portals in current use, with the goal of building an annotated list of available products. Our reviews include brief descriptions of features, installation and maintenance requirements, cost, ease of use, and other components that collections managers might find useful when evaluating them for fitness. We include a wide range of products in the list, each of which fits one or more categories as denoted in the parenthetical entries immediately below the product name.

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