ADBC Summit 2018

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Digitizing the Past and Present for the Future
ADBC Summit VIII Quick Links
Calendar Announcement
Registration Form -- Closes 8/15
#General Information

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:
    • Navigate to:
    • Choose Enter as Guest
    • In the box provided, please type your First Name, Surname, and Affiliation in this format: Allie Gator (UF)
    • Click Enter Room


We plan to print and distribute a condensed program at the Summit, so please consider the environment when printing this schedule.

Open meeting space is available in all Summit rooms when not in session. In addition, the McGuire Director's Conference Room will remain open for ad hoc meetings throughout the Summit.

Monday, October 1, 2018 -- Orientation and Pre-Summit Meetings

7:00-9:00 Breakfast on your own
9:00-11:00 Orientation to ADBC
McGuire Classroom

Join us for an orientation session presented by the iDigBio core team. Everyone is welcome! Come to learn, to refresh, and to meet your fellow digitizers! We will cover topics including:

  1. What ADBC and iDigBio are about, the acronyms, the scope
  2. How you can get involved 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
iDigBio-GBIF-ALA Meeting (closed session)
McGuire Director's Conference Room
11:00-12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30-4:30 TCN Kickoff Meeting - Capturing California's Flowers
Powell Classroom - Front
TCN Kickoff Meeting - Pteridological Collections Consortium
Powell Classroom - Middle
TCN Kickoff Meeting - Endless Forms
McGuire Classroom
iDigBio External Advisory Board (closed session)
McGuire Director's Conference Room
12:30-1:30 EAB pre-meeting
1:30-3:00 EAB meeting with iDigBio
3:00-4:30 Working time for EAB
5:00 Adjourn
6:30-9:30 Informal welcome and meet & greet with iDigBio staff in the No Name Lounge inside the Hilton

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 -- Summit Day 1

7:00-9:00 Breakfast on your own
8:15-9:00 Arrival, Summit check-in, coffee, networkingHarn Galleria
9:00-10:15 Plenary Session IHarn Chandler Auditorium
Opening & Welcome
9:00-9:15 Opening & Welcome (Larry Page)
9:15-9:30 Logistics (David Jennings)
9:30-9:45 ADBC Program Update (Reed Beaman)
New TCN Introductions
9:45-10:00 Capturing California's Flowers (TBD)
10:00-10:15 Pteridological Collections Consortium (TBD)
10:15-10:30 Endless Forms (TBD)
10:30-11:00 Morning Break (provided)Harn Galleria
11:00-12:00 Plenary Session IIHarn Chandler Auditorium
Fossilized TCNs
11:00-11:15 Paleoniches & Cretaceous World (Bruce Lieberman)
11:15-11:25 Fossil Insect Collaborative (TBD)
11:25-11:35 Fossil Marine Invertebrates (TBD)
TCNs that Bug People
11:35-11:50 SCAN & LepNet (Neil Cobb)
11:50-12:00 InvertEBase (TBD)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)Powell Classroom
1:00-2:20 Plenary Session IIIHarn Chandler Auditorium
Those Blooming TCNs
1:00-1:10 SERNEC (TBD)
1:10-1:20 Microfungi (TBD)
1:20-1:30 Macroalgae (TBD)
1:30-1:40 MAM (TBD)
1:40-1:50 SoRo (TBD)
TCNs with a Backbone
1:50-2:00 Great Lakes Invasives (TBD)
2:00-2:10 Vouchered Animal Communication (TBD)
2:10-2:20 oVert (TBD)
2:20-2:50 Afternoon Break (provided)Harn Galleria
2:50-4:00 Group Discussion SessionHarn Chandler Auditorium
2:50-3:20 Panel Discussion with Retired TCNs
3:20-4:00 Harnessing Natural History Collections Data for Addressing National Challenges (Barbara Thiers)
4:00-4:30 Day 1 Wrap-Up (Shari Ellis) Harn Chandler Auditorium
4:30 Adjourn
6:30-9:30 Evening program at the Florida Museum of Natural HistoryPowell Hall
6:30-7:30 Arrival, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar
7:30-7:45 Welcome by Roland Roberts, NSF Program Director and BIO Centers Science Advisor
7:45-8:00 Presentation TBD
8:00-9:30 Museum exhibits open for your enjoyment

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- Summit Day 2

7:00-9:00 Breakfast on your own
8:15-9:00 Arrival, coffee, networkingHarn Galleria
9:00-10:15 Plenary Session IVHarn Chandler Auditorium
Evolving Relationships
9:00-9:25 GBIO, GBIC2, and GBIF (Donald Hobern)
9:25-9:50 Activities at the Atlas of Living Australia (Hamish Holewa)
9:50-10:15 Sustainability of iDigBio (Gil Nelson)
10:15-10:45 Morning Break (provided)Harn Galleria & Powell Classroom
10:45-12:00 Concurrent Session I
Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom
Demos and Innovations I (Matt Collins)
  • 3 Fieldguide products (Andre Poremski & Neil Cobb)
  • iDigBio API (Richard Garand)
Baselines, Milestones, and Metrics (David Jennings) Building Institutional Digitization Synergy (Kevin Love, Deborah Paul, & Larry Page) Symbiota: New Developments (Neil Cobb) Education & Outreach Resources (Molly Phillips)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)Harn Classrooms
1:00-2:15 Concurrent Session II
Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom
Demos and Innovations II (Matt Collins)
  • BiotaPhy web platform (Pam Soltis)
  • Analytical tools (Pam Soltis)
Communicating Science (Natasza Fontaine) Data Quality Feedback (Richard Garand & Deborah Paul) Symbiota: Future Needs (Neil Cobb) Broadening Participation (Molly Phillips)
2:15-2:45 Afternoon Break (provided)Harn Galleria & Powell Classroom
2:45-4:00 Concurrent Session III
Harn Chandler Auditorium Harn Classroom 1 Harn Classroom 2 Powell Classroom McGuire Classroom
Challenges to Research Use of Data (Pam Soltis) Communicating with Administrators (Gil Nelson) Georeferencing (Andrew Miller & Michael Denslow) Specify Collections Consortium (Jim Beach) Innovation & Unconference (Deborah Paul)
4:10-4:30 Summit Wrap-Up (David Jennings) Harn Chandler Auditorium
4:30 Adjourn

Thursday, October 4, 2018 -- Optional Post-Summit Activities

Option 1 One-day Data Carpentry Workshop

Details on the workshop web site

Option 2 Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve

Details TBD

Option 3 Collection Tours

Details TBD

Option 4 Self-Guided Activities

Report and Evaluation


Recorded Proceedings