IDigBio Working Groups

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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

Public Participation in Digitization

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
  • Austin Mast (Lead)
  • Tom Nash
  • Blanka Shaw
  • Jon Shaw
  • Matt von Konrat
  • Andrew Sallans
  • Michael Denslow
  • Nelson Rios
  • Barbara Thiers
  • Deborah Paul
  • Betty Dunckel
  • Gil Nelson
  • Bruce MacFadden
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

Authority Files

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
  • Greg Riccardi (Lead)
  • Katja Seltmann
  • Stan Blum
  • Andrea Matsunaga
  • Gil Nelson
  • Dorothy Allard
  • Petra Sierwald
  • Dean Pentcheff
  • Paul J. Morris
  • Debbie Paul
Mission & Scope
Overlap with other Working Groups
Links Listserv , Working Group 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

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

Minimum Information Standards & Semantics

Data Field Details
Status Active
Members
  • Gil Nelson (Lead)
  • Andrea Matsunaga
  • Reed Beaman
  • John Deck
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 Potential overlap with authority files.
Links

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 Resources

Georeferencing Discussion Forum
Georeferencing Working Group Wiki
GWG listserve
Train the Trainers workshop October 8 - 12, 2012

Augmenting OCR (aOCR)

Data Field Details
Status Active
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 Augmenting OCR and NLP Forum

Augmenting OCR Listserve
Augmenting OCR Working Group Wiki
Augmenting OCR Adobe Connect Meeting Space
Adobe Connect Recorded Content
Augmenting OCR Working Group Resources

Inactive Working Groups

Intellectual Property Policy

Data Field Details
Status Inactive
Members
  • Gil Nelson (Lead)
  • Deborah Paul
  • David Giblin
  • Katja Schultz
  • Katja Seltmann
  • Chris Dietrich
  • Paul Stern
  • John Fraser
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