2023 Stakeholder Engagement Forum (formerly IAC)

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 3:37pm -- djennings

The Stakeholder Engagement Forum (formerly IAC) is open to all stakeholders of the national digitization effort, including iDigBio staff, Thematic Collections Network (TCN) staff, Partners to Existing Network (PEN) staff, National Science Foundation (NSF) representatives, and staff from other related digitization projects. We hope you will join us!

The Stakeholder Engagement Forum meets regularly to collaborate and discuss timely issues related to digitization, training, sustainability, EODI, and other topics.

Terrestrial Parasite Tracker TCN Report Out

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 2:50pm -- ekrimmel

The Terrestrial Parasite Tracker (TPT) TCN is holding a Report Out event on Friday, October 14th at 2:00pm EDT / 1:00pm CST / 11:00am PDT.

All collections and data providers involved in the TPT project will give lightning talk reports with project updates and key highlights. Additional full length presentation reports will be given by supporting TCN collaborators such as GloBI, Notes from Nature, and project working groups/committees.

2022 TCN Advisory Meetings (IAC)

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 11:12am -- djennings

TCN Advisory Meetings (IAC) are open to any and all staff from iDigBio, Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), Partners to Existing Networks (PENs), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related digitization projects. Participation from any or all TCN and PEN participants is welcomed and encouraged! Please send a delegate so that your TCN or PEN is represented.

A Practical Exploration of Biotic Interaction Data Management and Information Retrieval through TPT and GloBI

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 5:59pm -- ekrimmel

Join Jorrit Poelen and Katja Seltmann for "A Practical Exploration of Biotic Interaction Data Management and Information Retrieval through Terrestrial Parasite Tracker (TPT) and Global Biotic Interactions (GloBI)."

Imaging with the Terrestrial Parasite Tracker TCN

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 11:50am -- ekrimmel

Join the Terrestrial Parasite Tracker TCN and Mark Smith of Macroscopic Solutions for a mini workshop to provide further guidance on imaging slide mounted collections. In addition to an overall recap on methodology, specific details about workflow efficiency, color calibration and post-processing/editing will be provided. This workshop will be particularly valuable for technicians dealing with aging or discolored resins and pertains to high quality image generation.

2021 Internal Advisory Committee Meetings

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 6:14pm -- djennings

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.

INHS among collaborators on NSF-funded project to digitize bryophytes and lichens

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 2:32pm -- maphillips


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.  

Purdue leading effort to digitize North American parasite collections

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 2:55pm -- sellis

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.

Fay A. MacFadden Herbarium Comes Alive Through Digitizing Dried Plant Collection

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:48pm -- sellis

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.

CSUF News Service

February 25, 2019

NSF Awards Fifth Round of ADBC Grants to Enhance America's Biodiversity Collections

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:57am -- maphillips


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


TCN Collaborator Featured by The Times and Democrat

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:07am -- maphillips


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.

Appalachian State University’s Webpage Highlights New Digitization Project

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:06am -- maphillips

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.

ASB–iDigBio Digitization Symposium and Workshop Report: An Inspiring Event

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 7:59am -- gnelson

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.


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