Biodiversity Digitization: Celebrating a decade of progress

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Kumospace

Visit Kumospace for an opportunity to view posters, interact with poster presenters, view the NMNH virtual collection tours, and socialize with colleagues and friends. Kumospace is similar to Zoom, but more casual and fun (there’s a Biodiversity Speakeasy).
The space will be open for the duration of the event.
Live Poster Session with Presenters: Tuesday, September 22 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT
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Remote Poster Session

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Live Poster Session in Kumospace: Tuesday, September 22 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT
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Abstracts

Conference Agenda

DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2021

Session One 8:30 - 11:00AM EDT
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8:30 Opening
Gil Nelson (iDigBio) & Rebecca Johnson (NMNH)
8:40 Welcome
Kirk Johnson (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
Oral Presentations

Topic: Innovations: Strategy & Coordination

9:00 Increasing the Reach and Impact of Scientific Collections through 3D-imaging

David Blackburn (iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida)

9:20 Progress in data mobilization: standards, coordination, and linking knowledge

Holly Little (Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

9:30 Creating the Building Blocks for Biodiversity Research

Diane Zorich (Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution)

9:40 Translating digitization and data mobilization capacity into the geosciences and other disciplines

Gary Motz (Indiana Geological and Water Survey, Indiana University)

9:50 Session Q&A
10:00 Virtual NMNH Tour followed by Q&A

NMNH Botany Conveyor Tour
Sylvia Orli, Eric Schuettpelz, Victor Shields

10:20 Addressing key challenges in biodiversity data mobilization and use through the development of regional capacity.

Maheva Bagard Laursen (Global Biodiversity Information Facility - GBIF, Denmark)

10:30 Digitizing large insect collections - approaches and prioritization for sharing meaningful data and media

Torsten Dikow (Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)"

10:40 User Experience (UX) for Citizen Science

Mia Ridge (The British Library)

10:50 Session Q&A
Session Two 1:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
Poster Session Topic: Digitization Spotlights

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Live Poster Session: Tuesday, September 22 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT
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Session Three 6:00 - 8:00pm EDT
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Oral Presentations

Topic: Community

6:00 Mobilizing the US Paleontological Collections Community

Talia Karim (Invertebrate Paleontology, CU Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado)

6:20 South African Natural Science Collections Data

Michelle Hamer (Natural Science Collections Facility, South African Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)

6:30 DigiVol: Crowdsourcing Collection Digitisation

Paul Flemons (Digital Collections and Citizen Science, Australian Museum)

6:40 WeDigBio—Next steps as the community blends a global data campaign, virtual science festival, and local outreach opportunities

Austin Mast (Department of Biological Science, Florida State University)

6:50 Session Q&A
7:00 Virtual NMNH Tour followed by Q&A

Digitizing Molluscs Through Space and Time
Kathy Hollis, Holly Little, John Pfeiffer, Ellen Strong, Bill Moser

7:10 We’re in this Together: Arctos Community and the Shared Data Ecosystem

Emily Braker (Vertebrate Zoology, CU Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado)

7:20 Automation helps accelerate data mobilization for small regional collections

Wei Song Hwang (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore)

7:30 International research (data) infrastructure frameworks as leverage for sustainable natural science collections funding:

The European example of the Distributed System of Scientific Collections
Dimitris Koureas (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands)

7:40 Regional collaboration through GBIF: Latin America and the Caribbean

Anabela Plos (Global Biodiversity Information Facility - GBIF, Argentina)

7:50 Session Q&A

DAY TWO: THURSDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2021

Session Four 8:30 - 11:00AM EDT
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8:30 Global Collaboration for Improved Biodiversity Data

Joe Miller, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Oral Presentations

Topic: Natural History Collections in Grand Challenges

8:50 The grandest of challenges – why we need digitization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in a time of global change
Rebecca Johnson (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
9:10 Connecting Natural History Collections and Genomics to Meet Grand Challenges

Pam Soltis (iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida)

9:20 How can archive collections support pandemic preparedness?

Yvonne-Marie Linton (Walter Reed Biosystematics, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

9:30 Developments in valuing digital collections data

Helen Hardy (The Natural History Museum, London)

9:40 Session Q&A
9:50 Virtual NMNH Tour followed by Q&A

Digitization and Replication of Cultural Objects
Opening
Eric Hollinger, Vince Rossi

10:10 Extended Digital Specimens on the Internet

Alex Hardisty (School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, United Kingdom)

10:20 Bird’s Eye View of the Past 10 years of Collections Digitization in the U.S.

Barbara Thiers (New York Botanical Garden)

10:30 SpeciesLink's data cleaning strategies

Dora Canhos (CRIA - Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, Brazil)

10:40 Session Q&A
Session Five 1:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
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Oral Presentations

Topic: What’s Next

1:00 The African Coordinating Mechanism for Biodiversity Information Management: Strengthening Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa

Fatima Parker (South African National Biodiversity Institute)

1:20 Innovation with participation

Johannes Vogel (Museum für Naturkunde, Germany)"

1:30 New Drivers for Digitization at NMNH.

Carol Butler (Collections, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

1:40 Bee management: Establishment of the first reference collection of West African bees

Drissa Coulibaly (Université Peleforo Gon Coulibaly (UPGC) de Korhogo., Ivory Coast)

1:50 Session Q&A
2:00 Virtual NMNH Tour followed by Q&A

Entomology
Floyd Shockley, Torsten Dikow

2:20 Paleo, µCT, Deep Learning pipelines and research applications

Stewart Edie (Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

2:30 Automated use of digitized specimens in plant science

Pierre Bonnet (CIRAD, France)

2:40 Biological collections as research and development infrastructure

Scott Miller (Smithsonian Institution)

2:50 Hopping from NEON specimens and samples into a web of linked data

Paula Mabee (National Ecological Observatory Network - NEON)

3:00 The community has spoken. How now, can we translate words into action?

Reed Beaman (National Science Foundation)

3:10 Session Q&A
Session Six 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT
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Panelist Discussion & Conference Wrap-up

Topic: Looking to the Future of Digitization

Posters

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Live Poster Session: Tuesday, September 22 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT
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1 Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education: Data Literacy, Workforce Training, and the Extended Specimen
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Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Lisa White
1 Natural History Education DemoCamp
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Anna Monfils, Jennifer Bauer, Elizabeth Leith, Molly Phillips, Julia Robinson, Jessa Watters
2 The Atlas of Living Australia: 10 years supporting Biodiversity Research and Decision
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Hamish Holewa
2 A decade of digitisation to secure, enhance & mobilise CSIRO’s biological research collections
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Nicole Fisher, Pete Thrall
3 GRSciColl: Registry of Scientific Collections
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Marie Grosjean, Caitlin Chapman, Morten Høfft Gonzalez, Marcos Lopez, Tim Robertson
3 The iDigBio US Collections List: Now Powered By GBIF
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Caitlin Chapman, Ronald Canepa, Chris Wilson, Nicholas Rejack, Marie Grosjean, Morten Høfft, Marcos Gonzalez, Tim Robertson
4 Piloting hosted portals in the GBIF network
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Mélianie Raymond, Morten Høfft, Thomas Stjernegaard Jeppesen, Matthew Blissett, Tim Robertson, Joe Miller
4 Hosted Portal Pilots Fuel Collaboration and Creativity Across North America
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David Jennings, Carole Sinou, Abby Benson, David Bloom, Sharon Grant, James Macklin
4 The Legume Data Portal
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Carole Sinou, Anne Bruneau, Joe Miller
5 Digitization and Management of the National Museum of Natural History, Invertebrate Zoology Collections: Challenges, Workflows, and Solutions
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William Moser, Katie Ahlfeld, Karen Reed
5 Digitizing the U.S. National Insect Collection
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Jessica Bird, Erin Kolski
6 Capturing California’s flowers: Mobilizing phenological data from herbarium specimens
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Katie Pearson, Jenn Yost
6 Making Parasite-Host Associations Visible using Global Biotic Interactions (GloBI)
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Sullivan, Kathryn, Poelen, Jorrit H., Seltmann, Katja C., & Zaspel, Jennifer M. (2021).
Making Parasite-Host Associations Visible using Global Biotic Interactions (Version 1).
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7 Accelerating Global Engagement Through Collaboration of Online Biodiversity Data Networks
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Libby Ellwood, Gil Nelson, Hamish Holewa, Dimitris Koureas, Joe Miller
7 Digitization of specimen records in Canada: how far are we?
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Carole Sinou, Anne Bruneau
8 Beyond biodiversity: Digitizing rocks, minerals, and meteorites at NMNH
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Adam Mansur
8 NMNH Paleobiology Department Fossil Data: Volunteering for Better Collection
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Matthew Miller, Holly Little, Amanda Millhouse, Abby Telfer
9 Decade at a Glance: The Role and Impact of the Collections Program Technicians on NMNH Collections in an Ever-Increasing Digital World
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Teresa Hsu, Greg Polley, Alice Fornari, Katie Roberts
9 “Deep Time” of Digitization: History of Biodiversity Digitization at National Museum of Natural History
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Katie Roberts, Kasia Ahern, Jessica Bird, David Bridge, Cailin Meyer, Chris Milensky, Ducky Nguyen, Sylvia Orli
10 Exploring multiple approaches to engage underrepresented students in research with natural history collections
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David Blackburn, Alnycea Blackwell, Adania Flemming, Jeanette Pirlo, Molly Phillips
10 BCEENET: Connecting digitized natural history collections with undergraduate research experiences
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Janice L. Krumm, Carly N. Jordan, Cecily D. Bronson, Elizabeth K. Shea, Jean L. Woods
11 Smithsonian’s 3D Digitization Pipeline: Management, Automation, and Delivery
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Jon Blundell
11 Symbiota
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Ed Gilbert, Nico Franz, Katie Pearson, Jenn Yost, Laura Prado, Samanta Orellana