BioDigiCon 2023

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iDigBio is pleased to invite you to this year’s Biodiversity Digitization Conference (BioDigiCon) to be held virtually on 19-20 September 2023.

Social Media

Twitter: #biodigicon2023, @idigbio

Announcement Page

BioDigiCon 2022 Announcement page

Conference Registration

Registration is open! Please register via Eventbrite:


Click Here to View Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Extended Sessions

  • Lightning Presentations will be 15 minutes including time for questions.
  • All presenters will be asked to provided a pre-recorded presentation and additionally present live virtually.

Conference Resources

Zoom Information

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Recording Policy

By attending iDigBio’s online events, you accept that the event will be recorded and posted for later asynchronous viewing.

Presenters have submitted pre-recorded presentations for the option to watch asynchronously but all sessions will take place live.

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday, 19 September 2023

iDigBio Updates
Time EDT
Recording for Day 1, Room 1, All Sessions
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome from iDigBio - Gil Nelson
9:10 - 9:20 2023 Statistics - David Jennings
9:20 - 9:30 Workforce Development - Austin Mast
9:30 - 9:40 Cyberinfrastructure - Jose Fortes
9:40 - 9:50 Symbiota Support Hub - Nico Franz
9:50 - 10:00 E&O - Libby Ellwood
10:00 - 10:10 Research - Pam Soltis
10:10 - 10:20 Events for 2024 - Jill Goodwin
10:20 - 10:40 Q &A
2023 Collection Digitization Spotlight: NHM London
Time EDT
Recording for Day 1, Room 1, All Sessions
11:00 - 11:30 Plenary Presentation: 10 years of Digitisation at the Natural History Museum, London
Helen Hardy, Natural History Museum, London
Presentation Slides
11:30 - 11:45 How can communicating about digitisation save our broken planet?
Jennifer Pullar, Natural History Museum, London
Pre-recorded Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 Digital Services at the Natural History Museum, London
Laurence Livermore, Natural History Museum, London
12:00 - 12:15 NHM Data Portal - Past, Present, and Future
Josh Humphries, Natural History Museum, London
Pre-recorded Presentation
12:15 - 12:30 Transcription & geo-referencing for international collections
Krisztina Lohonya, Natural History Museum, London
Pre-recorded Presentation
12:30 - 12:45 Using Excel Macros for Data Quality Assurance: Lessons Learned from a Coding Beginner
Larissa Welton, Natural History Museum, London
Presentation Slides
12:45 - 1:00 Developing documentation from a team of two to nine - changes along the way
Louise Allan, Natural History Museum, London
Pre-recorded Presentation
Lightning Presentations
Time EDT
Recording for Day 1, Room 1, All Sessions Recording for Day 1, Room 2, Lightning Presentations
2:00 - 2:15 Adopting Equity in Research and Data
Dominik Bednarczyk, World Data Systems - International Technology Office
Big-Bee Thematic Collection Network: Key Achievements and Insights Over the Past Two Years
Katja Seltmann, University of California, Santa Barbara
Pre-recorded Presentation
2:15 - 2:30 Pacific Island Land Snail Biorepository (PILSBRy): Addressing knowledge shortfalls
Nori Yeung, Bishop Museum
Pre-recorded Presentation
Ranges Digitization Network - Extending mammal specimens from the changing landscapes of western North America
Bryan McLean, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Pre-recorded Presentation
2:30 - 2:45 Integrating TCN Broader Impacts into Remote Learning Course Design
Laura Wilson, Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Using Programmed Stacked Imaging to Accelerate Digitization Efforts
Christine Johnson, American Museum of Natural History
2:45 - 3:00 Remote Operating Vehicle Observation Data Contributions to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System
Sean Tippett, Ocean Networks Canada
Pre-recorded Presentation
The future of natural history transcription: navigating AI advancements with VoucherVision and the Specimen Label Transcription Project (SLTP)
Will Weaver, University of Michigan
3:00 - 3:15 Mobilizing PDF-Embedded Biodiversity Data Tables
Chandra Earl, UNESCO
Pre-recorded Presentation
Rapid and reproducible specimen data formatting
Rick Levy, Denver Botanic Gardens
Pre-recorded Presentation
3:15 - 3:30 Georeferencing Aotearoa New Zealand for Natural History collections
Johno Ridden, Canterbury Museum
Pre-recorded Presentation
Building and Sustaining Community through Symbiota Portal Advancement Campaigns
Lindsay Walker, Symbiota Support Hub, Arizona State University
3:30 - 3:45 ESB's PBS Film: Mollusks: More than a Shell
Rüdiger Bieler, Field Museum
PBS Film
Biodiversity Data Digitization Training Modules Based on Quadruple Helix Approach
Armine Abrahamyan, GBIF National Node for Armenia, Florida Museum of Natural History Museum
3:45 - 4:00 ESB's PBS Film: Mollusks: More than a Shell cont.
Rüdiger Bieler, Field Museum

Day 2 - Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Lightning Presentations
Time EDT
Recording for Day 2, Room 1, Lightning Presentations & Discussion Sessions Recording for Day 2, Room 2, Lightning Presentations
9:00 - 9:15 The supporting database of collectors: an important step in the digitization way
Andriy Novikov, State Museum of Natural History of the NAS of Ukraine
Pre-recorded Presentation
From collection room to virtual museum - South Africa's vertebrate type specimen photography by the Natural Science Collections Facility
Margaret Bartkowiak, Natural Science Collections Facility - South Africa
Pre-recorded Presentation
9:15 - 9:30 From tape2tape: problems of long-term storage of animal sounds
Klaus Riede, Museum Koenig Bonn ZFMK
Pre-recorded Presentation
Advancing Biological Collections with Specify 7
Grant Fitzsimmons, Specify Collections Consortium
Pre-recorded Presentation
9:30 - 9:45 Turning plants into pictures: Our Big Project
Maxine Manickum, Natural Science Collections Facility
Presentation Slides
Building a Digital Extended Specimen One Association at a Time: What Does It Take to Extend OBI Herbarium Records with their Associated GenBank Sequences?
Jorrit Poelen, Ronin Institute, UC Santa Barbara Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Pre-recorded Presentation Presentation Slides
9:45 - 10:00 All the world's a stage—just not the one I need
Craig Brabant, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Pre-recorded Presentation
Advancing FAIR Principles: Internship-driven Data Transfer from the Paleobiology Database to MorphoBank
Shreya Jariwala, Phoenix Bioinformatics
Pre-recorded Presentation
Themed Discussion Groups
Time EDT
Recording for Day 2, Room 1, Lightning Presentations & Discussion Sessions Recording for Day 2, Room 2, BIOFAIR Discussion
Recording for Day 2, Room 2, E&O Discussion
Recording for Day 2, Room 2, Designing for Success Discussion
10:30 - 11:30 Building the Digitization Coordination Network (DigiCoordNet)
Live notes document
Jill Goodwin, iDigBio; Holly Little, National Museum of Natural History; Laurence Livermore, The Natural History Museum, London; Gary Motz, Yale Peabody Museum; Sylvia Orli, National Museum of Natural History
Click Here to read report from May workshop which led to this effort

Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network
Share Your Input on this Editable Google Doc
Jyotsna Pandey, American Institute of Biological Sciences; Andy Bentley, KU Biodiversity Institute; Libby Ellwood, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History; Anna K. Monfils, Central Michigan University; Barbara M. Thiers, Denver Botanic Gardens; John M. Bates, Field Museum; Dori Contreras, Perot Museum of Nature and Science; Nico M. Franz, Arizona State University; William E. Moser, National Museum of Natural History; Gil Nelson, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History; David Nobles, The University of Texas at Austin; Sinlan Poo, Memphis Zoological Society; Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell, Yale Peabody Museum; Mike Webster, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Breda M. Zimkus, Museum of Comparative Zoology

11: 30 - 12:30 Creativity and innovation in natural history education and outreach
Libby Ellwood, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History; David Levering, Sternberg Museum of Natural History; Gwen and Winnie Blake, Field Museum; Tito Abbo, University of California, Riverside; Shyla Davison, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History
12:30 - 1:30 SERNEC Herbaria Digitization Lessons Learned: Symposia and Discussion
Csilla Czako, SCDNR NHT Botany and Conservation Program/USCH
Designing for success—initiating new digitization and strategic planning for your collection
Austin Mast, iDigBio, Florida State University; David Jennings, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History; Chandra Earl, Bishop Museum; Maraine Targino, National Museum of Brazil; Amanda Young, Toolik Research Station; Eric Jones, University of Maine.

Envisioning a Biological Collections Action Center
Time EDT
Action Center Session Recording (unedited)
1:30 - 3:30 Making the Case for an Action Center
1:30 - 1:45 Libby Ellwood Orientation and Framing
1:45 - 3:30 Presentations from the Organizers
1:45 Breda Zimkus Envisioning an Action Center: Common Themes from Webinars and Workshops
1:55 Pam Soltis Setting the stage for an Action Center in the NASEM Report and CHIPS Act
2:05 John Bates Building the national network of networks for collections-based biodiversity data and research
2:15 Emily Sessa Looking back from the future: Thinking big about an Action Center’s potential accomplishments
2:25 Matt Borths How an Action Center could help living collections and zoos
2:35 Jill Goodwin Coordinating digitization across collections
2:45 Gil Nelson Broadening the scope of "biological" collections
2:55 Joe Cook Strategically building biodiversity infrastructure for societal concerns
3:05 Discussion
Closing Plenary
Time EDT
Recording of Plenary session (unedited)
3:30 - 4:30 Visionary Plenary & Discussion: Opportunities for Collections in the Growing Bioeconomy
Diane DiEullis, Assistant Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, National Defense University:
4:30 - 4:45 Thank you for attending: Gil Nelson