Workshop

Education & Outreach Workshop

January 16 and 17, 2014. Two day workshop to explore the parameters of iDigBio's Education and Outreach directives. TCN presentations, keynote speakers and demonstrations of the Resources and Tools available are among the topics to be addressed. A Welcome Reception will be held at the Museum exhibits the evening before the workshop begins, Jan 15 and a trip to Paynes Prairie is  scheduled for Jan 18.

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iDigBio's 2nd Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT2)

From across the continent, a diverse group of 26 participants, 10 remote participants, and five instructors  gathered in Gainesville from August 12 – 16 for a week-long intermediate to advanced course on georeferencing natural history museum legacy specimen data, emphasizing how to present and teach these skills to others. Please see our TTT2 wiki, TTT2 participant list, TTT2 Course Topics Summary List, Training Videos on Vimeo, and photos on facebook for details.

iDigBio Responds to Call for International Collaboration

The expansive scope of iDigBio’s activities places it in the forefront of national and international digitization and data aggregation efforts. Recognizing the importance of its numerous international partners and encouraged by the NSF to expand international collaborations, iDigBio accepted an invitation to join a digitization symposium featured at the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and to follow the symposium with a digitization workshop for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in Canberra, Australia.

SPNHC 2013 – DemoCamp: Demonstration of iDigBio’s Specimen Data Portal

Demo Camp live demonstrations are a highlight of the annual SPNHC conferences. This year, iDigBio took this great opportunity to show the natural history collections community all we've accomplished in two years’ time. iDigBio Principal Investigator, Pam Soltis, stepped up to show off the iDigBio Data and Image Portal.

SPNHC 2013 - Special Feature: iDigBio all-day symposium sponsored by iDigBio and the Natural Science Collections Alliance

From June 17-21, seven members of iDigBio (Gil NelsonPam SoltisJoanna McCaffreyLarry PageBruce MacFaddenKevin Love and Deborah Paul) participated in SPNHC 2013, which is the annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (http://www.spnhc.org/), fondly referred to as “spinach.” 

Specify 6 Workshop

The Biodiversity Institute at University of Kansas, iDigBio, and the Specify Software team are pleased to co-sponsor a 5-day Specify 6 workshop to be held the week of August 12-16, 2013 in Lawrence, KS. This is a "progressive workshop," beginning with Specify 6 installation and basics and progressing through advanced topics. Each participant will attend up to 3 consecutive days, depending on need and experience with Specify. The success of this workshop may lead to similar workshops in the future.

iDigBio Summit III

The third annual iDigBio Summit will be held on November 19-20, 2013, in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Summit is a meeting of representatives from all TCNs, iDigBio, and other activities related to the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program.  The Summit will focus on discussions of shared goals, challenges and opportunities, and collaboration among stakeholders.

iDigBio Retreat 2013: Incorporating Insights and Ideas for the Future

On May 6th and 7th, 2013, in a barn 3 hours from the home of iDigBio at University of Florida in Gainesville, the entire staff of iDigBio from UF and Florida State University gathered at Tall Timbers Research Station just north of Tallahassee for a two day retreat. Getting together at one time and in one place to work together was a rare opportunity everyone appreciated. We shared stories, celebrated almost two years of our project, and worked on our strategic plan.

Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

What: iDigBio's Second Train-the-Trainers  Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

UPDATE: Participants Selected, GWG Second Train the Trainers Workshop Agenda finalization in progress.

NOTE: We will have AdobeConnect set up for REMOTE participation. Join us!

Save the Date Now and Join us remotely! See you August 12th - August 16th.

     Application submission deadline was Thursday May 9th, 2013.

     Application via Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/gwgttt2app

When:  August 12 – 16, 2013 [note August 11 / 17 are travel days]

Where: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Who: Interested members of current TCNs, PENs and others in the biodiversity natural history collections community.

iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

iDigBio Announces the Second Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop (TTT #2)

UPDATE: Participants Selected, GWG Second Train the Trainers Workshop Agenda

NOTE: AdobeConnect set up for REMOTE participation. Join us!

Save the Date Now and Join us remotely! See you August 12th - August 16th.

Application submission deadline was Thursday May 9th, 2013.

iDigBio Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop

iDigBio, the National Science Foundation’s national HUB for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC), in collaboration with the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, is pleased to announce the fifth in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on biological collections digitization. This workshop focuses on imaging techniques for fluid-preserved invertebrates and microscopic slides. The target audience for this workshop includes collections managers, curators, and directors in U.S.

iDigBio Paleontology Digitization Workshop

iDigBio, in collaboration with Yale Peabody Museum, is pleased to announce the fourth  in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, maintaining, and/or enhancing a collections digitization program. This new workshop will focus on digitizing paleontology collections, including invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. The target audiences for these workshops include collections managers, curators, curatorial assistants, and directors in U.S.

1st Annual iDigBio Augumenting OCR Hackathon: Fort Worth, Texas, February 13-14

 

iDigBio Augmenting OCR Hackathon

February 13-14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas

 Be a part of helping to get "dark data" out of millions of museum cabinets and into online databases!

UPDATE! See Hackathon Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/aocrhackathonwiki and Participate Remotely!

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) 2013 Annual Conference

The 2013 Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Annual Conference is October 27 - November 1, 2013 at the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence, Italy. The conference theme is "Virtual Communities for Biodiversity Science."

UPDATE: TDWG "Virtual Communities" Conference individual abstracts for each presentation online now. And, see the overview of each Symposia and Workshop.

iDigBio Symposium at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 28th Annual Meeting

Larry Page, Pam Soltis, Bruce MacFadden, and Joanna McCaffrey are collaborating to plan a two-part symposium at the annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History collections. The first half of the symposium will describe the iDigBio program, NIBA, and ADBC. The second half of the symposium will feature presentations by invited speakers who use natural history specimens to study topics such as climate change or other complex biodiversity questions. The symposium is co-sponsored with NSCA.

ASB 2013: Workflows and Challenges in Digitization of Museum Specimens

There will be a symposium and workshop on museum collection digitization efforts at the 2013 meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB). The emphasis will be on workflow options and workflow efficiency. The symposium will provide exposure to digitization efforts and challenges across taxonomic groups while the workshop will be a one-day training session on workflow concepts and logistics. The ASB Meeting is being hosted by Marshall University and will be held at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston West Virginia on April 10-13, 2013.

iDigBio Entomology Digitization Workshop (DROID 2)

This workshop will focus on digitization of dried insect specimens, stored in drawers and trays, either pinned or in packets. A sampling of workshop topics includes specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book databasing and imaging, database selection decisions, and digitization workflows. The workshop will be held at The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois April 24-25, 2013. Watch this page for updates in the near future.

iDigBio Wet Collections Digitization Workshop (DROID 3)

This new workshop will focus on digitization of wet collections, to include specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book imaging, and digitization of legacy objects such as X-rays, CT scans, and 35mm slides. It will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas on March 5-6, 2013. For more information, please visit the workshop announcement.

iDigBio Augmenting OCR Hackathon

This Hackathon addresses OCR output and natural language parsing of natural history museum's specimen label data. It will be held on February 13-14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas concurrent with the iConference. Participants will include those interested in Natural Language Parsing, Optical Character Recognition, User Interfaces, and use of these tools by scientists and the public to access natural history museum collections data.

New iDigBio Workshop Opportunity: Digitizing Specimens in Wet Collections, March 5–6, 2013

iDigBio is pleased to announce the second in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, maintaining, and enhancing a biological collections digitization program. This new workshop will focus on digitization of wet collections, to include specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book imaging, and digitization of legacy objects such as X-rays, CT scans, and 35mm slides.

iDigBio's Train the Trainers Georeferencing Update II - Out of the Dark Ages

The intensive, week-long First iDigBio Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop ended on October 12th, 2012. After a week, we are family and were sad to have to go home - but everyone seems very excited to get back to their own institutions to share what they learned and put it to good use in their own georeferencing and digitization projects.

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