Symbiota Working Group

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The Symbiota Working Group meets monthly as a group to discuss timely items of interest, contact Andy Miller or Neil Cobb for additional information.
The Symbiota Working Group is composed of developers and end users, where end users include primarily managers of Symbiota portals but can be any end user who wants to help improve Symbiota as a software application or the data portal functionality as a whole. The 29 Symbiota portals encompass plants, lichens, bryophytes, algae, fungi, invertebrates, and to a lesser degree vertebrates. Symbiota portals primarily function as web portals for museums to submit and annotate specimen or observation records. Symbiota portals serve the data to iDigBio and to any other aggregators that want to harvest Darwin Core archives. Symbiota also provides data packaging (e.g., checklists) visualization (mapping and images), education material (keys, identification quizzes) and easy access to data sets as downloadable CSV files. Thus, Symbiota portals allow researchers to compile and screen data sets for further analysis or educators to integrate biodiversity data for use in the classroom. A key challenge is to know when it is good to develop a capacity in Symbiota, partner with a third party to provide added functionality (e.g., georeferencing, mapping) and when to let another entity provide the functionality (e.g., dedicated aggregator). Now is an important point in time to develop a Symbiota roadmap that will more efficiently guide us over the next few years and beyond when funding is less certain.

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Working Group Meetings

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  1. December 15, 2015 - Agenda
  2. January 27, 2016 - Recording
  3. March 3, 2016 - Recording
  4. April 25, 2016 - Recording
  5. June 2, 2016 - Recording
  6. October 25, 2016 - Recording
  1. January 25, 2017 - Recording
  2. September 11, 2017 - Recording