The Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) includes staff from iDigBio, Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), Partners to Existing Networks (PENs), and NSF. The IAC meets regularly to report on progress in digitization efforts, share best practices and standards, identify gaps in digitization areas and technology, enhance training efforts, and report on collaborations.
Illinois Natural History Survey mycologist Andrew Miller and colleagues from 25 institutions across the U.S. received a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to image and digitize associated metadata for close to 1.2 million lichen and bryophyte specimens housed in their collections. Among the extensive holdings of the INHS Herbarium are more than 35,000 bryophyte specimens and more than 23,000 lichens from around the world.
Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) projects. This year we have three new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and six Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Parasites play significant roles in human health, wildlife conservation and livestock productivity. But getting an accurate picture of their distributions and associations with hosts is difficult because the specimens and their location data are often hidden away in vials and on microscope slides in research collections all over the country.
Above, plant biology student Kassandra Rodriguez and her faculty mentor Joshua Der examine the Dicentra formosa, an historic specimen collected by botanist Fay A. MacFadden and part of the herbarium collection.
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Long stalks of Thysanophora penicillioides, a microfungus that grows on fallen hemlock needles. Photo courtesy of: Kathie T. Hodge
Samantha Winder, project coordinator, shows an algal specimen. Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Herbarium.
A third article was recently published by the University of Michigan in their series on the University of Michigan Herbarium's digitization efforts.
Alex Kuhn (of the University of Illinois) instructs Patty Kaishian (of Syracuse University) on how to enter label data from microfungi specimens. Their work is part of the Microfungi Collections Consortium, funded through the ADBC program. Credit: Andrew N. Miller, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois
Photo provided by Central Michigan University / Steve Jessmore
Dixie Damrel, Clemson University Herbarium curator, displays some of the 100,000-plus dried plant specimens in the collection. Image Credit: P. Kent/Clemson University.
The Times and Democrat released an article Sunday (October 26, 2014), that highlights the Clemson University Herbarium’s involvement in an NSF funded, four year project to digitize herbarium specimens.
“Newberry College is honored to participate in a project that will make botanical research more accessible to the global scientific community” -Newberry College president, Dr. Maurice Scherrens.
Dr. Travis D. Marsico, by Andrew Ferguson/A-State Marketing and Communications.
Two of the six NSF grants recently awarded through the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program involve collaborators from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.
Kenneth Cameron, director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium
Photo: David Tenenbaum/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Zack E. Murrell, a professor at Appalachian State University, was given recognition in an article released by Appalachian State University, University News for receiving an NSF grant for $2.5 million dollars to digitize and create a database for more than 3 million plant specimens across the Southeast.
Florida Museum of Natural History research assistant Zachary Randall uses an imaging system to photograph a skin of Brandt’s Hedgehog, Paraechinus hypomelas, so the digitized specimen can be accessed online.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Rob Robins
Press Release 13-135
NSF Awards Third Round of Grants to Advance Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
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.
Streamlining Collaborative Digitization: How to order and install multiple digitization work stations
By Melissa Tulig and Kimberly Watson
Each Thematic Collections Network (TCN) is a network of institutions with a strategy for digitizing information that addresses a particular research theme, such as impacts of climate change or biota of a region. Once digitized, data are easily accessed and available for other research and educational use. Other institutions and collections may join an existing TCN as a Partner to Existing Network (PEN).