ADBC Summit 2017

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Digitizing the Past and Present for the Future
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Online Agenda

Join the leading researchers and professionals striving to digitize our nation's Natural History Collections! The annual ADBC Summit brings together representatives from TCNs, PENs, NSF, iDigBio, and other initiatives related to the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program. The Summit inspires collaboration and focuses discussions on shared goals, challenges, and opportunities.

General Information

Maps & Dining Information

Area Information

Ground Transportation Options

Wireless Service

Wireless access for onsite iDigBio participants is provided by the University of Florida. Refer to iDigBio's Wireless Network Service wiki page for more information on how to connect.

Remote Access

To the extent possible, the Summit sessions will be broadcast and recorded using Adobe Connect. If you wish to listen to the meeting remotely:

  1. First, read the iDigBio Web Conferencing Wiki Page to get you started.
  2. Connect to the meeting:

Summit Program

We are in the process of preparing an interactive PDF program for the Summit. Check back here for a download link as the meeting gets closer. Note that we also plan to print a one-page, double-sided reference agenda for distribution at the Summit.


Monday, October 30, 2017 thru Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -- Data Carpentry

Time Location/Information
9:00-4:30 Data Carpentry Workshop

The UF Carpentries Club and iDigBio are offering a two day Data Carpentry Workshop to help participants in the 2017 ADBC Summit and the UF community get started learning R and common data management tools such as the spreadsheets, OpenRefine, and SQL. Need to learn some programming for a class? Have data you're scared to work with in Excel? Want to collaborate effectively with your peers? We were there once too. Come start learning with us! Visit the workshop website to learn more:

The workshop will be held at the UF Informatics Institute, which has generously volunteered space and resources for this workshop. iDigBio is providing staff support. All of the organizers, instructors, and helpers are volunteering their time to help ADBC, UF, and you!

Register at:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- Florida Museum Collections Tours

Time Location/Information

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -- Pre-Summit Meetings

Time Harn Galleria Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom McGuire Director's Conference Room
Morning Breakfast on your own
10:00-10:30 Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Setup Open meeting space
10:30-12:00 Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Orientation - Welcome to ADBC

Join us for an iDigBio and ADBC orientation session where we will present information-fit-for-use about the following:

  1. What ADBC and iDigBio are about, the acronyms, the scope
  2. How you can fire up your involvement by participating in interest and working groups, community surveys, and useful website content
  3. How to get specimen data to us, the first time and with every update
  4. Ways to interact with us - listservs, meet the staff
  5. Forum for suggestions to make all of this better

Everyone is welcome! Come to learn, to refresh, to meet your fellow digitizers!

Open meeting space
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
12:30-1:00 Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Setup Setup Setup
1:00-4:30 Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Open meeting space oVert TCN Kickoff Meeting IDigBio External Advisory Board (closed session)
4:30-5:00 Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Cleanup Cleanup Cleanup
Evening Dinner on your own
6:30-9:30 Informal welcome and meet & greet with iDigBio staff in the 2-Bits Lounge inside the Hilton

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -- Summit Day 1

Time Harn Galleria Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom McGuire Director's Conference Room
Morning Breakfast on your own
8:00-9:00 Setup Setup Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable EAB meeting with the TCN community (Neil Cobb) Open meeting space
9:00-9:30 Arrival, Summit check-in, coffee, networking Networking, getting settled Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable   Open meeting space
9:30-10:40 Unavailable
9:30-9:45 Opening & Welcome (Larry Page)
9:45-9:55 Logistics (David Jennings)
9:55-10:10 ADBC Program Update (Reed Beaman)
10:10-10:20 2017 TCNs
  • oVert
  • SoRo
10:20-10:35 2016 TCNs
  • Cretaceous World
  • LepNet - Neil Cobb
  • Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis (MAM) - Anne Barber
Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable   Open meeting space
10:35-10:55 Morning break   Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable    
10:55-12:10 Unavailable
10:55-11:05 2015 TCNs
  • Microfungi (MiCC)
  • Fossil Marine Invertebrates (EPICC) - Erica Clites
11:05-11:20 2014 TCNs
  • Great Lakes Aquatic Invasives (GLI) - Rich Rabeler
  • InvertEBase
  • Key to the Cabinets (SERNEC)
11:20-11:35 2013 TCNs
  • Fossil Insect Collaborative (FIC)
  • Vouchered Animal Communication Signals (VACS)
  • Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium - Chris Neefus
11:35-11:55 2012 TCNs
  • New England Vascular Plants (NEVP)
  • Paleoniches
  • Macrofungi Collection Consortium (MaCC)
  • Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN) - Neil Cobb
11:55-12:10 2011 TCNs
  • InvertNet
  • Tri-Trophic Associations
  • North American Lichens and Bryophytes (LBCC)
Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable   Open meeting space
12:10-1:15 Unavailable   Box lunch provided Setup   Open meeting space
1:15-2:30 Unavailable Group Discussion: Data Integration, attribution and interoperability (Andy Bentley, Robert Gropp)

Collections, aggregators, data re-packagers, publishers, researchers, and external user groups form a complex web of data connections and pipelines. This forms the natural history infrastructure essential for collections use by an ever increasing and diverse external user community. We have made great strides in developing the individual actors within this system and we are now well poised to utilize these capabilities to address big picture questions. We need to continue work on the individual aspects, but the focus now needs to be on integration of the functionality provided by the actors involved in the pipeline to facilitate the transfer of data between them with as few human interventions as possible. In order for the system to function efficiently and to the benefit of all parties, information, data, and resources need not only to be integrated efficiently but flow in the reverse direction (attribution) to facilitate collections advocacy and sustainability. For instance, there are benefits to collections from inclusion into aggregators and subsequent use by researchers and publishers that are not being realized. The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) is planning a program of workshops in conjunction with other groups to perform a needs assessment to identify gaps and problems in the data pipeline and explore future steps in coordinating efforts, providing solutions and standardizing tools and methods. This talk will explore this landscape and highlight BCoN’s efforts in this regard while soliciting participation from actors in the pipeline and the community at large.

        Open meeting space
2:30-3:00 Unavailable   Afternoon break     Open meeting space
3:00-4:15 Unavailable Meeting of the Symbiota Working Group (Neil Cobb, Andy Miller) WeDigBio Planning Meeting (Austin Mast) Legal Issues with Collections (Linda Ford)

As biodiversity collections are increasingly available online, they will be under increasing scrutiny. The Nagoya Protocol – a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity – has important implications for the conduct of U.S. biological collections, especially those whose data are available digitally. Knowledge of the protocol is not widespread among researchers or institutions. This session will discuss legal concerns associated with digitized collections and mitigating these issues using digital means. Compliance with the Nagoya Protocol will be a test case to evaluate how institutions must respond to requirements for increased transparency and digital tracking.

Open meeting space Meeting of the iDigBio student group (Adania Flemming) Open meeting space
4:15-4:30 Unavailable Transition to Auditorium for wrap-up Cleanup Cleanup Cleanup Cleanup Cleanup
4:30-5:00 Unavailable Day 1 Wrap-up Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
6:30-9:30 Evening program at the Florida Museum of Natural History (Powell Hall)
6:30-7:30 Arrival, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar
7:30-7:40 Welcome & Introduction by Larry Page, iDigBio Project Director
7:40-7:55 Presentation about the Florida Museum's 100-year Anniversary by David Reed, Florida Museum Natural History Department Chair
7:55-9:30 Museum exhibits open for your enjoyment

Friday, November 3, 2017 -- Summit Day 2

Time Harn Galleria Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom McGuire Director's Conference Room
Morning Breakfast on your own
8:00-9:00 Setup Setup Unavailable Unavailable Setup Setup Open meeting space
9:00-9:30 Arrival, Summit check-in, coffee, networking   Unavailable Unavailable     Open meeting space
9:30-10:10 Unavailable DemoCamp (Matt Collins, Alex Thompson) Unavailable Unavailable ICER Working Group workshop on collections data in ecological and conservation research (Deborah Paul, Anna Monfils)

The ICER Working Group (Integrating Collections and Ecological Research), along with BCoN, will present a half-day workshop centered around ecologists who incorporate collections data in their scientific research and sharing a potential model program for integrating collections data in conservation efforts. Speakers invited will give talks representing community examples of museum specimen data integrated with other biodiversity data to enhance and inform efforts to address key ecological questions and support conservation efforts.

Changes/Improvements to the iDigBio Portal (Joanna McCaffrey, Shari Ellis) Open meeting space
10:10-10:25 Morning break   Unavailable Unavailable     Open meeting space
10:25-12:30 Unavailable DemoCamp (continued) Unavailable Unavailable ICER Working Group workshop (continued) iDigPaleo meeting (Talia Karim) Open meeting space
12:30-1:30 Unavailable   Box lunch provided     Open meeting space
1:30-3:15 Unavailable Building a Local Carpentries Community (Matt Collins, Deborah Paul)

The capacity to manage, manipulate, and analyze data is important to modern research programs. Ensuring research staff and students have access to the education and learning opportunities to maintain their development is the role of PIs, program heads, and institutional directors. Peer teaching and learning communities provide a learner-lead environment that is easy to foster and support in parallel with formal structures like academic curricula and professional development. We will describe our experiences at UF and FSU developing a community centered around the Data and Software Carpentry organizations to advance the informatics capacity of our organizations.

Broadening Participation & Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) (Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips) iDigBio brainstorming session with TCNs

iDigBio would like to brainstorm with the TCNs about the IAC meetings, bi-monthly reports, etc. The goal is to make these more effective and beneficial for all. This can also be a forum to brainstorm about other topics related to interaction among iDigBio and the TCNs.

Specify meeting (Jim Beach) Open meeting space Open meeting space
3:15-3:30 Unavailable Transition to Auditorium for wrap-up Afternoon break Cleanup Cleanup Cleanup
3:30-4:00 Unavailable Summit Wrap-up Cleanup Cleanup Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
4:00-5:45 Natural History Seminar at the Harn Chandler Auditorium in collaboration with the Florida Museum's Department of Natural History, iDigBio, myFOSSIL, and the Paleontological Society
4:00-4:30 Arrival, refreshments
4:30-5:00 "The Digital Atlas of Ancient Life" presented by Dr. Jonathan Hendricks of the Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca, NY)
5:00-5:15 Questions & answers
5:15-5:45 Chat, departure
5:45pm-6:00pm Unavailable Cleanup Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Evening Dinner on your own
TBD Drink with the Extinct at the Florida Museum (optional activity)

Separate registration and payment is required, but a discount code will be available for Summit participants (contact us for details). Registration for this event opens Monday, September 25. Event details are available on the Florida Museum's website.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- Optional Activities & Field Trips

Self-Guided Activities

Guided Field Trips

Fossil Hunting at Montbrook

Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve

Report and Evaluation