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Background: The Augmenting OCR working group formed from the first iDigBio Summit in 2011 out of a community consensus wish to attempt improving OCR output and algorithm tools to speed up the digitization process. Initial group members were suggested by those present at Summit 2011.
 
Background: The Augmenting OCR working group formed from the first iDigBio Summit in 2011 out of a community consensus wish to attempt improving OCR output and algorithm tools to speed up the digitization process. Initial group members were suggested by those present at Summit 2011.

Revision as of 13:05, 29 November 2012

Overview

iDigBio supports a number of Working Groups. Several working groups are focused on the delivery of short-term objectives, while other standing Working Groups are tasked with ongoing research, development, and improvement activities. This page provides an overview of both current (active) and disbanded (inactive) Working Groups.

The section "Overlap with Other Working Groups" should be used to list subject areas that may duplicate some effort from another Working Group. When Working Group activities stray into these overlapping subject areas then collaboration between working groups is warranted for those tasks.

Active Working Groups

Augmenting OCR (aOCR)

Data Field Details
Status Active


Background: The Augmenting OCR working group formed from the first iDigBio Summit in 2011 out of a community consensus wish to attempt improving OCR output and algorithm tools to speed up the digitization process. Initial group members were suggested by those present at Summit 2011.

Our current working group met, in person, in October 2012 to learn more about each other's use of OCR and OCR output, plan a February 2013 hackathon, develop content for our iSchools 2013 iConference workshop panel, and learn more about the latest developments in handwriting recognition. We are hard at work, finalizing the hackathon and iConference13 plans.

Members
Mission & Scope Engage experts in the biodiversity and information technology fields to identify opportunities to broadly implement existing effective OCR tools and enhance

existing Machine and Natural Language Processing technologies to meet the needs of the biodiversity community. Want to know more? Contact Bryan Heidorn or Deborah Paul or any other member of the working group. We'd like to hear from you!

Overlap with Other Working Groups Needing access to the specimen label images on the iDigBio server, the aOCR working group overlaps with the cyberinfrastructure working group. This includes OS issues as well as hardware minimum requirements necessary for whatever hack-a-thon type activities the aOCR group persues.
Links

Cyberinfrastructure

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope Define, document and test iDigBio service Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and appliances. The first phase will focus on data ingestion APIs and appliances considering TCN use cases.

Definition and documentation of potential services and appliances for OCR and georeferencing are left to the respective working groups. Definition of data structure for ingestion is left to MISC working group.

Overlap with Other Working Groups  
Links

Cyberinfrastructure Working Group Wiki

Developing Robust Object to Image to Data (DROID1)

Data Field Details
Status Active


The various preparation-specific DROID working groups was spawned from the DROID workshop, held in Gainesville, Florida in May 2012. The purpose of this workshop was an exploration of digitization workflows and methods for improving workflow efficiency across preparation types. The DROID 1 working group is focused on flat sheets and packets digitization, primarily as this relates to herbarium collections. Flat Sheets and Packets completed a set of workflows in fall 2012 and published them on iDigBio's Documentation Page.

An herbarium digitization workshop was spawned from the DROID effort,during which the workflows developed by Flat Sheets and Packets were presented and distributed. A digitization training workshop wiki has been created to provide links to resources for this and upcoming workshops spawned by the initial DROID workshop.

DROID 1 workflows development also led to considerations of imaging standards, which resulted in the development of iDigBio's statement of Image File Format Requirements and Recommendations, also published in fall 2012.

Members
Mission & Scope The Flat Sheets and Packets Working Group (DROID1) is devoting its attention to developing workflow modules and tasks recommendations for vascular and non-vascular plant specimens.
Overlap with Other Working Groups See WG for DROID2 and DROID3
Links Wiki

Training Workshops Wiki
Image File Format Requirements and Recommendations
Flat Sheets and Packets published workflows

Developing Robust Object to Image to Data (DROID2)

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope The Pinned Specimens in Trays and Drawers Working Group is devoting its attention to developing workflow modules and task lists for digitizing dry, pinned specimens.
Overlap with Other Working Groups See WG for DROID1 and DROID3
Links Wiki

Photo - First Meeting of DROID2 Working Group

Developing Robust Object to Image to Data (DROID3)

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope The working group will devote its attention to specimens in jars and of greater 3D dimensionality.
Overlap with Other Working Groups See WG for DROID1 and DROID2
Links Wiki

Georeferencing Working Group (GWG)

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope Our first goals are to start building a community of expert Georeferencing trainers in a workshop to be held October 8 - 12, 2012 and advance the capabilities of Georeferencing tools. Want to know more? Contact Deborah Paul or other members of the working group. We'd love to hear from you.
Overlap with Other Working Groups  
Links Georeferencing Wiki

Georeferencing Resources
Georeferencing Discussion Forum
Georeferencing Working Group Wiki
GWG listserve
Announcing iDigbio's Train the Trainers workshop October 8 - 12, 2012
Materials from all iDigBio Workshops

Minimum Information Standards, Authority Files, & Semantics (MISC)

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope 1) Establish the working group and its goals, with the guidance of participants from the MISC breakout group from iDigBio's It Standards workshop. 2) Document basic assumptions underpinning a minimal information for scientific collections expectation. 3) Develop a document outlining and providing a rationale for required, minimal, desired, and supplementary data elements to be provided by iDigBio contributors. 4) Develop guidelines for data validation, training and assistance to iDigBio contributors for configuring data for ingestion into the iDigBio portal
Overlap with Other Working Groups The overlap between the MISC and Authority Files Working groups prompted merging into a single working group.
Links Wiki

Paleontology

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope This group is currently being formed. One of the group's first tasks will be to define a Mission and Scope. Broadly, the group will maintain awareness of digitization activities and needs within the Paleontology community, and promote communication between Neontology/Paleontology/Information Technology partners.
Overlap with Other Working Groups  
Links Listserv , Discussion Forum , Working Group Wiki

Public Participation in Digitization

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
Mission & Scope Identify and improve aspects of biodiversity digitization workflows that can be newly architected or enhanced to take advantage of public participation.
Overlap with Other Working Groups  
Links

Listserv , Working Group Wiki , Joint Public Participation in Digitization/Eductation & Outreach Workshop

Inactive Working Groups

Authority Files

Data Field Details
Status Merged: The Authority Files Working Group has merged with the MISC Working Group, with Katja Seltmann and Gil Nelson as Co-Leads. See below: Minimum Information Standards, Authority Files, & Semantics.
Original Members (Now Included Below)
Mission & Scope  
Overlap with other Working Groups  
Links  

Intellectual Property Policy

Data Field Details
Status Inactive
Members
Mission & Scope Produce a clear Intellectual Property Policy to establish data ownership rights and data re-use requirements related to content presented via iDigBio by collections and institutions.
Overlap with Other Working Groups None identified
Links

Final Published Document

Note: This document is open for community comment