One of iDigBio’s critical roles is enabling and facilitating the digitization of biological and paleobiological specimens and their associated data. Essentially, digitization involves converting physical objects to high quality digital images, associated descriptive text to electronic records, and analog sound and motion recordings to digital representations. The digitization of biodiversity specimens allows museums and academic institutions across the U.S. to make their collections easily available to researchers, enthusiasts, constituents, and interested consumers worldwide through searchable online networks, thus facilitating discovery, learning, and enhanced appreciation for the fascinating array of biodiversity resources housed in US institutions.

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The iDigBio API is a RESTful pattern HTTP API that primarily delivers data in JSON format. The iDigBio API also tries to follow the REST paradigm's HATEOAS (Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State) model, which basically means that within each API endpoint we provide a list of relevant links to further API actions. This list typically is stored in either the "idigbio:links" in v1 or below or the "links" property in v3. In general, the largest difference between v1 and v3 responses is that the "idigbio:" namespace has been dropped from all system-level property names.

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Acidaspis sp.


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  • Collector:
  • George Oeh
  • Locality:
  • North America; USA; Ohio; Hamilton County; Cincinnati
  • Provider ID:
  • urn:uuid:6b99598f-b496-4f3a-b9e6-01046812a36e
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