SWG Webinar Series

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Symbiota Working Group Webinar Series

Location: AdobeConnect: https://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/room/​

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Collection Management Features – Elizabeth Lippoldt (MiCC) January 15, 2016

Webinar Recording
An overview of collection management features used in Symbiota portals including creating accounts and assigning permissions, entering skeletal records, searching via the Occurrence Editor, monitoring statistics, duplicate cleaning, and downloading data.

Record Creation – Michael Denslow (SERNEC) February 19, 2016

Webinar Recording
An overview of methods used in Symbiota portals for creating skeletal (Stage 1) records and transcribed (Stage 2) occurrence records.

Transcription – Julianne Smith (LBCC) March 18, 2016

Webinar Recording
A walkthrough of the full occurrence record form used in Symbiota portals including defining terms, navigating the image display, and the general protocol for transcribing Stage 1 records into Stage 2 records with the assistance of OCR and NLP.

Georeferencing – Anne Barber (SCAN) April 15, 2016

Webinar Recording
A walkthrough of the process of batch-georeferencing specimens in Symbiota portals using Geolocate and Google Maps as well as the sharing of tips and tricks.
Webiner materials - Anne's Googledoc

Crowdsourcing – Mari Roberts (MaCC) May 20, 2016

Webinar Recording
An overview of the Symbiota crowdsourcing features for establishing, performing, and reviewing crowdsourced data from both the volunteer and portal manager perspectives.
Webinar Material Getting Started with Crowdsourcing - Using Symbiota by Mari Roberts (NYBG)

Webinar Request – June 17, 2016

Webinar Recording
A webinar focused on the participants asking the expert anything Symbiota related.


Creating and maintaining checklists – Steven Buckley (US National Park Service) September 16, 2016

Webinar Recording
An overview of the checklist feature used in Symbiota portals including creating and managing checklists, searching for and associating vouchers, downloading data and managing checklist conflicts, and using the parent-child checklist functions for aggregating data.

Creating and using taxonomic keys – Scott Bates (Purdue University) October 21, 2016

Webinar Recording
Symbiota software includes a fully integrated system for dynamic keying that includes a suite of tools for key character development. In this SWG webinar, dynamic keying within Symbiota portals will be demonstrated, and an overview of key character creation will be presented.

The GEOLocate Toolkit – Michael Denslow and Herrick Brown (SERNEC) November 18, 2016

Webinar Recording
Symbiota software includes a GEOLocate Toolkit that leverages the power of Collaborative Georeferencing and provides realtime updates to coordinate values for selected records. In this SWG webinar, use of the GEOLocate Toolkit will be demonstrated, and an overview of the requirements for selecting sets of eligible records will be presented.

Linking Genetic Data to and from Symbiota portals – Andrew Miller (MiCC) December 16, 2016

Webinar Recording
An overview of how to add genetic data to records in Symbiota portals and how to use the LinkOut feature in GenBank to link back to these records.

Spatial Module Part I. – Ben Brandt, October 11th, 2017

Webinar Recording
An overview of the new Spatial Module

Spatial Module Part II. – Ben Brandt, October 27th, 2017

Continued overview of the new Spatial Module

Georeferencing CoGe – Herrick Brown, October 27th, 2017

Overview of the new CoGe module in GeoLocate

Computer Vision – Andre Poremski, December 18th, 2017

Overview of the LepSnap apps and discussion of Fieldguide-Batch utility

A new GenBank Submission Tool in Symbiota – Andrew Miller, March 8th, 2018

Webinar Recording
Although metadata for millions of specimens have been assembled in several collection management systems, integration into pipelines for serving source modifers of DNA sequence data does not exist. A majority of GenBank sequence records lack the most basic source modifiers. A new GenBank sequence submission module has been developed to automatically populate source modifiers during sequence submission, thus greatly improving the integration and attribution of specimen and genetic data.

Cleaning Data in Symbiota – Anne Barber, April 23th, 2018

Webinar Recording
Anne Barber will talk about new data cleaning tools have been implemented in Symbiota. The taxonomic data cleaning tool checks for names that aren't connected to the central thesaurus, then automatically searches Tropicos and Catalog of Life for matches. If found, the name is automatically imported to the central thesaurus. If not found, the user has the option to remap to a correct name or manually enter the correction. The geographic cleaning tool automatically searches for potential mismatches in country, stateProvince, county, and locality and allows the user to make corrections from within the tool. Anne will demonstrate how each of these new tools may be used to improve your dataset.

The OregonFlora Portal – Linda Hardison, April 25th, 2018

Webinar Recording
Linda Hardison will demonstrate the novel ways they are using or planning to use the Symbiota platform to package information for gardeners, ecologists, restorationists, and policy makers about the plants of Oregon. (The new portal display will be made available via password at the start of the webinar).

Creating and maintaining checklists – Steven Buckley (US National Park Service) March 27, 2019

Webinar Recording
Checklist features update 2019. How to use the Checklist module in Symbiota portals with an emphasis on the Channel Islands.

SYMBIOTA2 Webinars

Symbiota2 Overview - Curtis Dyreson, Ben Brandt, and Will Pearse, May 9, 2018

[1] An overview of planned development for Symbiota (i.e., Symbiota2) over the next three years.

LightningBug Webinars

LightningBug - Nelson Rios, Mark Hereld, Nicola Ferrier, Michael Denslow, Crystal Maier August 15, 2019

Here is the recorded webinar via Adobe Connect:

[2] The recording started a few minutes into the webinar, the key parts were recorded.

About Symbiota

Gries C, Gilbert E, Franz N (2014) Symbiota – A virtual platform for creating voucher-based biodiversity information communities. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1114. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1114 http://bdj.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=1114