Biodiversity Digitization: Celebrating a decade of progress

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Twitter: #biodigi2021, @idigbio

Conference Registration

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Please register via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3zDMcQS

Conference Resources

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Kumospace

We will use a website platform called Kumospace for poster Q&A session. Kumospace is similar to Zoom, but more casual and fun (there’s a rooftop pool).
Location: a link to our Kumospace room will be provided via email and during the conference. In the meantime please check out kumospace.com and take a look around to become a little familiar with it.

Remote Poster Session

All posters will be electronic and linked to this wiki page. Presenters have additionally provided five minute prerecorded presentations describing their posters.
Posters should be viewed asynchronously.
We will then be using Kumospace for a live Q&A session on September 22 1:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.

Abstracts

Conference Agenda

DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2021

Session One 8:30 - 11:00AM EDT
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 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

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 Asynchronous 5 minute prerecorded presentations with Live meet & greet within Kumospace

Session Three 6:00 - 8:00pm EDT
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 collections data mobilization and digitization

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 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
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 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 Yvonne 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
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
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 Experiments with knowledge: Equality and access as drivers for collection development

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 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 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 Reed Beaman (National Science Foundation)
3:10 Session Q&A
Session Six 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT
Panelist Discussion & Conference Wrap-up

Topic: Looking to the Future of Digitization

Remote Poster Session

Title Authors
GRSciColl: Registry of Scientific Collections
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Marie Grosjean, Caitlin Chapman, Morten Høfft Gonzalez, Marcos Lopez, Tim Roberston
NMNH Paleobiology Department Fossil Data: Volunteering for Better Collection
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Miller, Matthew T.; Little, Holly; Millhouse, Amanda; Telfer, Abby
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
Capturing California’s flowers: Mobilizing phenological data from herbarium specimens
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Katie Pearson, Jenn Yost
The Atlas of Living Australia. 10 years supporting Biodiversity Research and Decision
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Hamish Holewa
Accelerating Global Engagement Through Collaboration of Online Biodiversity Data Networks
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Libby Ellwood, Gil Nelson, Hamish Holewa, Dimitris Koureas, Joe Miller
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, and Molly Phillips