Fluid-preserved Specimen Imaging Workshop

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General Information

When: March 3-4, 2020 (Travel: March 2nd & 5th)
Where: Dickinson Hall, University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
Organizers: Dave Blackburn, Jill Goodwin, Gil Nelson, Emily Braker, Zach Randall, and Molly Phillips
Expected number of participants: 20


This is an invited workshop of fewer than 20 attendees and will focus on high level discussions of the solutions, challenges, and bottlenecks as well future enhancements and improvements required to advance the quality, imaging efficiency, and research use of fluid-preserved specimen images. This is not a typical iDigBio imaging training workshop. We hope to come out of this event with results to define the course forward for expanding and enhancing the use of fluid-preserved specimen images across all domains.

Logistic Information

Airport: Gainesville Regional Airport
Airport transportation: hotel shuttle, taxi, uber, lyft
Workshop hotel: Holiday Inn (walking distance of workshop venue)
Workshop venue: Dickinson Hall, University of Florida
Invited participant support: Hotel cost covered; flight and per diem expenses reimbursed.


Details of agenda will be updated and finalized at a later point, however we anticipate using the format below.

Day 1
8-8:30 Check in, coffee, breakfast
8:30 Workshop Overview and Framing Gil Nelson
8:50 A Glimpse at the Future of Specimen Imaging Dave Blackburn
9:10 Photogrammetry Nelson Rios
9:30 3D Surface Scanning Ed Stanley
9:50-10:30 Brainstorm session #1: Sky's the limit--free of financial and other constraints: Aspirations outside the box for imaging technologies, challenges, and protocols (artificial intelligence? Machine learning? Conveyor belts?) Emily Braker
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Brainstorm session #2: Current Challenges and Bottlenecks for Creating and Using Images Gil Nelson
11:45-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:45 Brainstorm session #3: Image Quality and Research Uses Zach Randall
1:45-2:30 Brainstorm session #4: Non-research uses of Images (Outreach, Education) Molly Phillips
2:30-3:15 Brainstorm session #5: Enriching Data through Trait Extraction from Images Jill Goodwin
3:15-3:45 Break
3:45-4:15 Brainstorm session #5: Imaging methods: Selecting the Best Option Zach Randall
4:15-5:00 Daily Reflection and Synthesis: What have we Learned? Top ten Ideas? Gil Nelson
Day 2
8:00-9:00 Coffee, breakfast
9:00-10:30 CT Scanning and 2D imaging lab visits Dave Blackburn, Ed Stanley, Zach Randall
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Create outline for workshop publication Dave Blackburn
11:45-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-3:00 Each of three breakout groups works on one or more sections from the outline Group nominated/selected leader and scribe
3:00-3:30 Coffee break
3:30-5:00 Report outs, concluding perspectives, wrap up Emily Braker, Dave Blackburn, Gil Nelson