BioDigiCon 2022

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iDigBio is pleased to invite you to this year’s Biodiversity Digitization Conference (BioDigiCon) to be held virtually on 27-29 September 2022.

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Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday, 27 September 2022

iDigBio Orientation
Time EDT iDigBio Orientation Recording
10:30 - 10:50 iDigBio: Intro & What's New
10:50 - 11:10 iDigBio: Orientation
11:10 - 12:00 Discussion session for new and existing TCNs: Reporting, Tracking, Keeping people engaged
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
TCN Presentations
Time EDT Recording for Day 1, Room 1 Recording for Day 1, Room 2
1:00 - 1:15
1:15 - 1:30 Digitization and Enrichment of U.S. Herbarium Data from Tropical Africa to Enable Urgent Quantitative Conservation Assessments (Peterson)
Pre-recorded presentation
1:35 - 1:45 Terrestrial Parasite Tracker (Tucker/Zaspel)
Pre-recorded Presentation
1:45 - 1:55 oVert: openVertebrate (Blackburn)
Pre-recorded presentation
Extending Anthophila research through image and trait digitization: Big-Bee (Seltmann)
Pre-recorded presentation
1:55 - 2:05 Lepidoptera of North America Network:LepNet/ Symbiota2 Collections of Arthropods Network: SCAN (Cobb) Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities: GLOBAL (Budke)
Pre-recorded presentation
2:05 - 2:15 Break Break
2:15 - 2:25 Mobilizing Millions of Marine Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard:ESB (Bieler)
Pre-recorded Presentation
The Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria: TORCH (Barroso)
Pre-recorded Presentation
2:25 - 2:35 Documenting Marine Biodiversity Through Digitization of Invertebrate Collections: DigIn (Westover) Capturing California's Flowers: Using Digital Images to Investigate Phenological Change in a Biodiversity Hotspot (Yost)
2:35 - 2:45 Break Break
2:45 - 2:55 Enhancing Access to Taxonomic and Biogeographical Data to Stem the Tide of Extinction of the Highly Imperiled Pacific Island Land Snails: PILSBRY (Yeung)
Pre-recorded Presentation
The Pteridological Collections Consortium: An integrative Approach to Pteridophyte Diversity Over the Last 420 Million Years: PCC (Rothfels)
2:55 - 3:05 Break Break
3:05 - 3:15 Digitizing "Endless Forms": Facilitating Research on Imperiled Plants with Extreme Morphologies: Endless Forms (Pace)
Pre-recorded Presentation
The Key to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot: SERNEC (Denslow)
Pre-recorded Presentation
3:15 - 3:25 Using Herbarium Data to Document Plant Niches in the High Peaks and High Plains of the Southern Rockies - Past, Present, and Future: SoRo (Allen)
Pre-recorded Presentation
3:25 - 3:35 Bringing Asian plant diversity to digital life (Davis)
3:35 - 4:00 Q & A / Open Discussion / Wrap-Up

Day 2 - Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Visionary Plenary
Time EDT Plenary Speaker Recording
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome: Gil Nelson
Introduction of speaker: Pam Soltis
10:10 - 10:30 Visionary Plenary: BIODIGICON 2022: Impacts and Importance of Biodiversity Digitization
Dena Smith, National Science Foundation
Biodiversity Digitization Lightning Presentations
Time EDT Recording for Day 2, Room 1 Recording for Day 2, Room 2 Recording for Day 2, Room 3
10:30 – 10:40 Updates From the Biological Sciences Directorate at National Science Foundation
Steven E. Ellis, Division of Biological Infrastructure, National Science Foundation
Arctos: A Collaborative and Scalable Collection Management Solution
Emily Braker, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
10:40 – 10:50 US National Science Foundation TIP Program Post Mortem It Sorts 'Em - Specify 6 and 7: An Overview from a User Perspective
Randy Singer, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Using digitisation data to move a herbarium
Claire Brandenburger, National Herbarium of NSW, Australian Institute of Botanical Science; Hannah McPherson, National Herbarium of NSW; Andre Badiou, National Herbarium of NSW; Mel Wong, National Herbarium of NSW; Guy Lowe, National Herbarium of NSW.
10:50 – 11:00 CHIPS, Science, and Collections.
Reed S. Beaman, National Science Foundation
Symbiota: Managing and Mobilizing Biodiversity Data and Supporting Data Providers
Katie Pearson, Symbiota Support Hub; Edward Gilbert, Arizona State University; Nico Franz, Arizona State University; Jenn Yost, California Polytechnic State University; Samanta Orellana, Arizona State University; Greg Post, Arizona State
I’m Lichen These Images: Workflows established for the GLOBAL TCN project.
Laura Briscoe, New York Botanical Garden; Leanna McMillin, New York Botanical Garden
11:00 – 11:10 US National Science Foundation Review, Q&A EMu at the Smithsonian
Michelle Brown, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Beth Gamble, NMNH; Ducky Nguyen, NMNH; Rebecca Snyder, NMNH
Digitisation & Mobilisation of CSIRO’s Biological Collections
Nicole Fisher, CSIRO; Pete Thrall, CSIRO
11:10 – 11:20 Specimen Digitization as Art
Zach Randall, Florida Museum of Natural History
10 minutes of Q&A with database panel A workflow for cleaning Notes from Nature data transcriptions
Peter Oboyski, Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley
11:20 – 11:30 Histological slides and other sequentially sectioned objects in museums can be re-born digital 3D resources
Doug Boyer, Duke University (MorphoSource); Jocelyn Triplett, MorphoSource; Julie Winchester, MorphoSource; Jim Hanken, Harvard; Stephen Turney, Harvard; Brendan Haley, Harvard; Breda Zimkus, Harvard
Herbarium Pomeranicum
Marta Jarosińska, University of Gdańsk
New data models create new challenges for data sharing: looking at collections through the lens of events
Ely Wallis, Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO
11:30 – 11:40 Extending the Digital Extended Specimen
Amanda Harmon, A.C. Moore Herbarium (USCH); Csilla Czako, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Avery Browning, University of South Carolina School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment; Herrick, Brown, A.C. Moore Herbarium (USCH)
Tracking biotic association claims across platforms, collections, and institutions.
Jorrit Poelen, Ronin Institute / UC Santa Barbara Cheadle Institute for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Digitization and Dissemination of Phylogenetic Data: Using MorphoBank for Morphological Matrix Management
Brooke Long-Fox, Phoenix Bioinformatics; Kenzley Alphonse, Kenx Technology, Inc.; Maureen O’Leary, Stony Brook University; Tanya, Berardini, Phoenix Bioinformatics
11:40 - 11:50 Break Break Break
11: 50 – 12:00 A Fully Digitized Herbarium - Workflows to Keep Up 100%
Sylvia Orli, Smithsonian Institution; Ingrid Lin, Smithsonian Institution; Nathan Anderson, Smithsonian Institution
ArcGIS Online for born digital data: our experience 6 months in

Rick Levy, Denver Botanic Gardens; Michelle DePrenger-Levin, Denver Botanic Gardens

DAM it All: Media Metadata and Asset Management Across the Museum
Alyson Wilkins, Natural History Museum of Utah
12:00 – 12:10 Digitizing the USNM dragonfly and damselfly collection

Torsten Dikow, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (USNM), Department of Entomology; Jessica Bird, USNM, Department of Entomology; Erin Kolski, USNM, Department of Entomology; Jeanine Nault, Smithsonian Digitization Program Office; Peter Grisafi, Picturae

Introducing taxastand and dwctaxon, a pair of R packages for standardizing species names in Darwin Core format
Joel Nitta, The University of Tokyo; Wataru Iwasaki, The University of Tokyo
Reading Others’ Herbarium Specimen Barcodes During Mass Digitization Projects
David Shorthouse, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Shannon Asencio, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
12:10 – 12:20 Creation of the NMNH Informatics and Data Science Center
Rebecca Snyder, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Digi-Leap: Connecting Novel Tools, Machine Learning and Public Participation to Label Digitization Efforts
Robert Guralnick, University of Florida; Michael Denslow, University of Florida; Julie Allen, University of Nevada, Reno; Samantha Blickhan, Zooniverse & Adler Planetarium; Raphael LaFrance, University of Florida; Mark Bouslog, Zooniverse & Adler Planetarium; Sean Miller, Zooniverse & Adler Planetarium
Integrating Wikidata into collection management software

Wai-Yin Kwan, Seth Kaufman, Eve Perry

12:20 – 12:30 What does digitizing fossils in situ mean for museum collections and our data ecosystem?

Holly Little, Smithsonian Institution; Jessica Nakano, Smithsonian Institution; Nick Pyenson, Smithsonian Institution

Once Upon a Time, in TaxonWorks

Matthew Yoder, Deborah Paul, Species File Group, INHS, University of Illinois; Tommy McElrath, INHS Insect Collection, University of Illinois; José Luis Pereira, División Entomología, Museo de La Plata, UNLP, Argentina
Conveyor-driven mass-digitization of a million specimens does not cost a million

Hannu Saarenmaa & Janne Karppinen, Bioshare Digitization Ltd, Ilomantsi, Finland

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
BiotaPhy Webinar
Time EDT Click to join the BiotaPhy Webinar
12:30 - 1:30 BiotaPhy Webinar 2: Resolving Nomenclature: Making Appropriate Taxonomic Choices

Maria Beatriz de Souza Cortez, University of Florida; Aimee Stewart, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas
BioDigiCon is pleased to provide the platform for one of a series of 10 webinars sponsored by BiotaPhy, a set of computational workflows with broad impact on data-intensive research spanning ecology, phylogenetics, systematics, and conservation biology.
To learn more about the webinar series visit the BiotaPhy Webinar Announcement Page
Click here to register for the BiotaPhy webinar.

Themed Discussion Groups
Time EDT Recording for Day 2, Room 1 Recording for Day 2, Room 2
1:30 - 2:30 Solution for long-term image storage and accessibility
Dave Blackburn, University of Florida; Doug Boyer, Duke University; Nico Franz, Arizona State University; Michelle Koo, University of California - Berkeley; Nelson Rios, Yale University; Julie Winchester, Duke University
Data quality: most common data dealbreakers

Cat Chapman, iDigBio; Margot Schneider, Atlas of Living Australia; Dora Canhos, CRIA; Andrea Hahn, GBIF; Elspeth Haston, RBGE

2:30 - 3:30 GBIF, ALA, iDigBio: Aligning systems to benefit data mobilization
Maureen Kelly, iDigBio; Federico Mendez, GBIF; Javier Molina, Atlas of Living Australia; Chris Wilson, iDigBio
(Molina) Click for pre-recorded presentation
Sustaining Institutional Digitization of Biodiversity Collections: Considerations and Examples
Austin Mast, iDigBio, Florida State University; Jenn Yost, CalPoly; David Jennings, iDigBio, University of Florida
3:30 - 4:30 Including Indigenous Metadata in Collection Records
Maui Hudson, University of Waikato; Jane Anderson, New York University
Digital Extended Specimen Discussion Session

Libby Ellwood, iDigBio; Katja Seltmann, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, UC Santa Barbara; Julie Allen, University of Nevada, Reno; Katie Pearson and Ed Gilbert, Symbiota Support Hub; Abby Benson, USGS

Day 3 - Thursday, 29 September 2022

Workshop: hands-on/ sharing resources
Time EDT
11:00 - 1:00 Digitization Workflows in Symbiota-based Biodiversity Specimen Data Portals
Recording for Day 3, Room 1, Symbiota

Katie Pearson, Symbiota Support Hub, Arizona State University; Lindsay Walker, Symbiota, ASU

Capturing trait data: broad, across different taxonomic groups

Recording for Day 3, Room 2, Traits
Rob Guralnick, Florida Museum of Natural History; Maggie Hantak, FLMNH; Ed Stanley, FLMNH; Julie Allen, University of Nevada at Reno; Jacob Idec, FLMNH; Bryan McLean, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

1:00 - 1:30 Break Break
1:30 - 3:30 Digitization Coordination: Combining Project Management & Digitization Efforts to Benefit Collections, Big and Small
Recording for Day 3, Room 1, Digitization Coordination

Jackie Chapman, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives; Frederik Berger, MfN Berlin; Helen Hardy, NHM London; Sylvia Orli, NMNH Smithsonian; Mareike Petersen, MfN Berlin; Kira Sobers, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives; Alyson Wilkins, NHMU Utah; Jill Goodwin, iDigBio, FLMNH

Imaging Biodiversity Specimens: First Steps to a Great Start (and Beyond)

Recording for Day 3, Room 2, Imaging
Austin Mast, Florida State University, Dept of Biological Science; Alex Adkinson, FSU, Department of Art; Lauren Cohen, FSU, Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication; Nicole James, FSU, Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication; Zach Randall, FLMNH; Mark Smith, Macroscopic Solutions

3:30 - 4:00 Wrap-Up