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This page contains links to materials from completed iDigBio workshops, conferences, and symposia. Codified documentation will reside on the iDigBio Documentation page. Other materials may be displayed via Wikis or external publications.

Workshop Documentation

Calendar Year 2016

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links
09/25/2016 - 09/30/2016 ICE 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology Symposium In Data without Borders: Collecting, Digitizing, Using, and Re-using Biological Specimen Data, we feature talks about collecting museum specimens and digitizing the specimen data to support biodiversity research. Scientists show us how they are using biological specimen data in their research and we include presentations on career skills needed for 21st century digital collections and collaborative research.

Calendar Year 2015

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links
09/15/2015 - 09/17/2015 Managing Natural History Collections Data for Global Discoverability. What are the current and best data management practices for collections? This three-day workshop is co-sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU) and iDigBio and hosted by ASU. It offers hands-on training and focuses on data management skills needed for taking care of the digital collection in a natural history museum. What are best practices for getting field data into databases? How do you encourage and support born-digital data? Is your data formatted with up-to-date data quality standards in mind from start to use / re-use?
08/09/2015 - 08/14/2015 Ignite Session: Enhancing Ecological Research with iDigBio Specimen Data at Ecological Society of America 2015 Conference. iDigBio is the national resource for digitized information about existing, vouchered natural history collections. We will explore the benefits to ecologists in using specimen data that span centuries, continents and taxa. The tools and resources to work with these data are widely available and will be explored in this session.
06/15/2015 - 06/17/2015 3D Digitization of Fossils for Educators & Citizen Scientists The 3D Digitization of Fossils for Educators & Citizen Scientists Workshop will bring together scientists, collection professionals, and K-12 educators to discuss using 3D imaging and citizen science in the classroom. The workshop will consist of presentations, breakout discussion sessions, collection tours, and a field trip to Thomas Farm.
06/12/2015 American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)/iDigBio Collections Digitization and Imaging Workshop With the help of iDigBio, the goal of this workshop is to offer a template for those interested in sharing their mammalogy collections with the global scientific community. Although the digitization of museum collection data has been an effort underway in the mammal community for quite sometime, there still remain many mammal collections unavailable to the rest of the scientific world, especially those at smaller institutions without the infrastructure or support to undergo such efforts. However, through the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a national effort is underway to make these collections, among others, available to the greater research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public.
06/03/2015 - 06/05/2015 Hackathon on iDigBio APIs/Services and Interoperability iDigBio has ingested more than 25 million specimens and 4 million media objects from biodiversity collections with world-wide range. This great resource of biodiversity information has been made accessible not only through the iDigBio portal, but also through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that applications written in any programming language can consume since 2013 to (a) access specimens, media, media metadata, datasets and publishers information, (b) perform searches, and (c) ingest media and its metadata. Currently, this great resource is mainly used by the iDigBio portal and iDigBio developed applications. The goals of this hackathon are to: lower the entrance barrier to potential direct uses of the API by disseminating more broadly its capabilities and generating a body of use-case examples that can be reused by others, identify new opportunities for integration with other cyberinfrastructures, and develop collaborative pilot experiments that build on existing interoperability of other cyberinfrastructures.
06/01/2015 - 06/02/2015 Reproducible Science Workshop Making science more reproducible has the potential to advance scientific research and make researchers' work more effective and productive. For computational and data-intensive research, which is increasingly pervasive across the sciences, this is particularly true, and yet is often seen as difficult to achieve. In this 2-day bootcamp-style hands-on workshop, we will teach a number of tools, resources, and practices that can be used today to make one's computational science more reproducible.
05/21/2015 - 05/21/2015 SPNHC 2015 DemoCamp SPNHC DemoCamp (sponsored by iDigBio)
05/21/2015 - 05/21/2015 SPNHC 2015 Small Collections Symposium The symposium is jointly sponsored by iDigBio and the Small Collections Network (SCNet). Talks fall into three tracks: Small collections - the key to educating future generations of scientists, Digitization practices and challenges in small collections and museums, and Reaching out to small collections.
05/20/2015 - 05/20/2015 SPNHC 2015 Symposium - Specimens Full Circle: Collection to Digitization to Data Use. Novel field-collecting methods providing richer specimen data, maturing transcription and imaging techniques, and up-dated end-user interfaces are resulting in greater access to and use of specimen data for a variety of purposes. This has led to increasing use of museum specimen data for analysis and the development of visualization tools that facilitate research and support educational needs and outreach opportunities. We're highlighting talks by students, and focusing on collecting practices that result in faster access to high quality data, sharing improved digitization methods, and finding out how the specimen data is being used in current research.
05/19/2015 - 05/19/2015 SPNHC 2015 Plenary Session iDigBio, the National Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), and the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA) Research Coordination Network (RCN) co-sponsored the Plenary Session at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC). The program included six speakers who kicked off the meeting by presenting thought on the topic of Collections for the 21st Century.
05/04/2015 - 05/07/2015 Strategies for Vertebrate Digitization Workshop. iDigBio, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Bishop Museum, and University of Michigan Museum of Zoology are pleased to offer a 3-day workshop focused on the digitization of vertebrate collections, to include the value of live audio and video phenotypic recordings, media metadata standards, media recording techniques (including equipment setup, configuration, and use), methods for linking media to physical specimens, media metadata standards, the value of specimen still images, issues in launching a digitization program, digitization workflows, and digital asset management and archiving.
04/13/2015 International Digitization Summit Held in Australia, attended by iDigBio
03/09/2015 - 03/12/2015 Field to Database Workshop. What are the leading-edge collecting practices across disciplines? This 4-day workshop offers hands-on collecting in-the-field with invited subject-matter experts from ecology, botany, ornithology, paleontology, marine invertebrates, and entomology sharing their leading-edge practices. We'll head back to the classroom to see how field data is transformed to be suitable for research use. Course includes discussion and hands-on learning for creation of data born-digital and formatted with up-to-date data quality standards in mind from start to use / re-use.
01/26/2015 - 01/30/2015 Workflows Herbarium Digitization Workflows Herbarium Digitization Workshop will be held at the Valdosta State University
01/13/2015 - 01/14/2015 Data Standards, Data Sharing and Demystifying the IPT Enhance community knowledge needed for data mobilization through hands-on training about Data Standards, Data Sharing, and the DwC-A format generated by the GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT).

Calendar Year 2014

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links
12/3/2014 - 12/5/2014 #CitStitch Hackathon CitStitch Hackathon, the second in a series of hackathons designed to faciliate and enhance the participation of citizen scientists in the digitization and enhancement of natural history and related collections specimen data.
11/25/2014 SiBBr iDigBio at SiBBr Launch Event, Brasilia, Brazil
11/15/2014- 11/16/2014 Entomological Collections Network (ECN) The Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and iDigBio are excited to announce we will be teaming up for this year's 24th Annual ECN meeting in Portland, Oregon from November 15-16, 2014.

10/27/2014- 10/28/2014 iDigBio Summit 2014 The Summit is a meeting of representatives from all TCNs, iDigBio, and other activities related to the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program. The Summit will focus on discussions of shared goals, challenges and opportunities, and collaboration among stakeholders.
10/27/2014 Access to Digitization Tools and Methods This broad digitisation symposium will include multiple sessions, to cover the different elements of digitisation. The key focus will be to cover the developments that are occurring in digitisation but with a strong emphasis on the accessibility of tools and protocols (think open access, open source).
10/19-10/22/2014 iDigBio's Symposium at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting iDigBio, in collaboration with the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Paleontological Society, GSA Geoinformatics, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, sponsored a symposium entitled “Advancing the Digitization of Paleontology and Geoscience Collections: Projects, Programs, and Practices”. New developments in digitization and data discovery were presented at the symposium.)
10/6/2014- 10/9/2014

Leveraging Digitization Practices Across Multiple Domains

iDigBio and the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at the University of California, Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Leveraging Digitization Practices across Multiple Domains, a natural history collections digitization workshop to be held 6-9 October 2014 in Santa Barbara.
9/29/2014- 9/30/2014

Data Carpentry Workshop at iDigBio

Research using museum specimen data to investigate complex problems over present, recent, and geologic time scales requires managing, analyzing, and visualizing large and/or diverse data sets. In addition, performing these tasks is increasingly a team effort, requiring collaborative work in virtual environments. Integrated Digitized Biodiversity Collections (iDigBio) funded by a NSF, invites applications graduate students, post-docs, current researchers, (and potentially honors undergrads) for a two-day Data Carpentry Workshop. The workshop will be held (date to be announced) at iDigBio in Gainesville, Florida. "Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain." The workshop offers participants hands-on training in managing the life-cycle of their data and code with a focus on using open source tools.

09/06/2014 iDigBio’s Careers and Graduate Study in the Biological Sciences: A Workshop for Undergraduate Students The Field Museum of Natural History, National Science Foundation, and iDigBio co-sponsored a free 1-day workshop for undergraduate students in the Chicago area focusing on opportunities for careers and graduate study in the biological sciences. A primary goal of the event was to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences, including African/Black Americans, American Indians, Native Alaskans and Hawaiians, and Hispanics/Chicanos/Latinos. About 50 undergraduates and recent graduates attended the workshop and with about 30 professional scientists on hand, students had plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss interests with working biologists and collections professionals.)

North American Network Small Herbaria Workshop

iDigBio, the North American Network of Small Herbaria (NANSH), and SCNet collaborated on a 1-day workshop focused on digitizing small herbaria, at Botany 2014. The target audience for this workshop included directors, curators, and collections managers at smaller herbaria that have 1) yet to begin digitization, 2) started digitizing but would like to share ideas and discover new strategies, 3) captured data from some or all specimens but have yet to begin imaging, and/or 4) captured data in an electronic format (spreadsheets, documents, database, etc.) but would like to have a place to serve the data (and/or images) on the web.

Our vision for the workshop was to provide practical and implementable strategies.Major foci included:

  • essential steps for beginning digitization
  • enrolling institutions in the NANSH portal (, a free and easy-to-use Symbiota-based network
  • techniques for uploading images and data to a Symbiota portal
  • easy methods for mobilizing existing data
  • increasing the exposure of specimen data from small herbaria
  • data standards
  • linking specimen records to images
  • specifications for camera equipment and imaging stations
  • using digitized data for research

Digitized Natural History Collections Digitization for International Collaboration

Supported by the NSF ADBC program natural history collections of some taxonomic groups are currently being digitized at a rapid rate and digitally available records are reaching a critical mass to impact advanced research applications. By joining an already sizeable body of digital primary biodiversity records these data will contribute to the fact that biodiversity research is becoming a data intensive science and for those taxonomic groups many of the current limitations may be overcome.

We proposed a symposium to explore how this growing resource of digital primary biodiversity data has been used by the community. We planned presentations on:

  • how this resource improves traditional research
  • new research question that can be addressed
  • its impacts on community building and research collaborations
  • what is still missing and how do other existing or emerging digital resources (e.g. DataONE, NEON, EOL and tools like the PhyloJIVE ) interact, support, and enhanced this research.


Georeferencing Natural History Collections: A Crash Course in Translating Locality Data into Geographic Coordinates

The digitization of biological specimens is transforming natural history collections for an array of novel research applications, permitting the utilization of large-scale data sets from the comfort of one’s own desk. Studies using digitized data include niche modeling, phylogeography, range/distribution investigations, and conservation and biodiversity management, to name just a few.

SPNHC 2014 DemoCamp

DemoCamp provides a venue for promotion of technological solutions to advance the field of museum curation and specimen digitization, with broad applications for biology, ecology, and biodiversity informatics. DemoCamp is sponsored again this year by iDigBio, the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Live demonstrations are welcomed in any technologies relevant to biologists, collections managers, or biodiversity information managers, as well as technologies that enable the broader use of data, or enable citizen scientist participation.

SPNHC 2014 Symposium: Progress in Natural History Collections Digitisation

All across the globe, many Natural History Collections (NHC) are digitizing their holdings, seeking funding to digitize, or trying to figure out how they can get started. Logically, with the development of these digital resources, researchers, providers, and users are interested in any specimen data gaps noticed and specimen data use and re-use cases. No matter where you are on this continuum at your institution, keeping up-to-date on what is going on and what is possible is no easy task. In this session, our aim is to provide a broad and deep coverage of current worldwide NHC digitization efforts.

Symposium: Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Small Collections in Biodiversity Digitization Initiatives

Half-Day Symposium (scheduled for June 25, 2014) at the SPNHC 2014 Annual Conference in Cardiff, Wales. This half-day symposium, presented by iDigBio and the Small Collections Network (SCNet), will focus on strategies for recruiting, retaining, and sustaining small collections within local, regional, national, and international digitization initiatives.

TORCH VIII + iDigBio Digitization Workshop at TORCH 2014

The Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH) invited iDigBio to put together a one-day Workshop (9am-5pm Saturday May 24) for TORCH members.This TORCH - iDigBio Workshop is hosted by TORCH and is intended for those who are actively digitizing, or soon plan to, or who have already digitized their collections and wish to make their data available to the iDigBio Portal.
05/20/2014 - 05/23/2014

Specify for Paleo Collections Workshop

This workshop focuses on using Specify software for paleontology collections. The workshop is a 4-day event ranging from beginning to advanced topics, to include Specify Workbench, forms development and editing, report design, and data cleaning. Participants are expected to have Specify software installed on a laptop prior to the workshop and to bring the laptop with them.
05/8/2014 - 05/9/2014

Biodiversity Informatics Workshop

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is running a Data Carpentry bootcamp at NESCent. Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain. Our curriculum includes, 1) getting data out of Excel and into more powerful tools, 2) managing data in R, 3) introduction to databases, combining and querying data using SQL, and 4) collaborative data management & publishing data.
05/5/2014- 05/6/2014

Collections for the 21st Century Symposium

The symposium will emphasize the value of collections data in meeting challenges facing biodiversity and human societies. Digitization of bio-specimens has brought a tremendous amount of data on-line for new and exciting uses in research and education.
04/28/2014 - 05/1/2014

Imaging Methods for Paleontological Collections

iDigBio in collaboration with the Jackson School of Geosciences and its High Resolution X­ray CT Facility at the University of Texas is pleased to announce a co­-sponsored workshop focused on imaging solutions for paleontological specimens and research. The workshop will be heavily focused on hands ­on experimentation with various types of imaging stations, cameras, microscopes, and image acquisition and processing software. One full day will be devoted to a hands -on session targeted at generating, processing, and using CT datasets for paleontological research. Datasets will be generated from participant­-contributed material; instruction will be provided by staff at the High Resolution X­ray CT Facility.
04/8/2014- 04/9/2014

Small Collections Workshop

The workshop brings together about 45 collections professionals representing a broad range of preparation types, institutions, and administrative levels, all of whom have interest, expertise, or insight into promoting small collections and ensuring their inclusion within the digitization effort. This is a product-oriented workshop through which SCNet hopes to create and disseminate a set of publishable best practices, chart a course for the future of the Network, and lay the initial groundwork for several international symposia and conferences focused on curation and digitization in small collections.
03/24/2014- 03/27/2014

Biological Collections Digitization in the Pacific

This workshop is part of a continuing series of iDigBio­ sponsored workshops focused on organizing, launching, maintaining, and enhancing biological collections digitization programs. The primary goals are to 1) enhance international collaboration and sharing regarding biological collections digitization in the South Pacific, and 2) prepare participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to launch, manage, and sustain a biodiversity collections digitization program individually, through collaboration with an existing Thematic Collections Network (TCN), as a Partner with an Existing Network (PEN), through direct collaboration with iDigBio, or through collaboration with other collections and museums within the region.
03/24/2014- 03/25/2014

iDigBio Data Modeling Workshop

The primary goal of the workshop is to produce a document that is specific to the data management needs of repositories. Discussion topics will include preserving data semantics, interoperability, identifiers, names, and services.
03/9/2014- 03/12/2014

iDigBio Original Source Materials Workshop

iDigBio and Yale Peabody Museum are pleased announce a workshop focused on the digitization of original, specimen-related source materials in natural history collections, to include field notebooks, catalogs, ledgers, cards, and other archival materials that contain specimen-related data.


“An Outsider’s view inside NSF: E&O Trends and Tips” iDigBio NSF E&O Webinar

Talk entitled “An Outsider’s view inside NSF: E&O Trends and Tips” Bruce J. MacFadden (former Program Officer, EHR Division of Research in Learning)


FOSSIL Kickoff Meeting

Representatives from participating fossil clubs, the project team, and other stakeholders from around the U.S. will meet for presentations, brainstorming, and discussion.


NAPC Symposium: "Celebrating Public Participation in Paleontology"

Celebrating public participation in paleontology,Sponsored by The Florida Paleontological Society
Chairs: Austin J.W. Hendy & Bruce J. MacFadden.


Careers and Graduate Study in the Biological Sciences (workshop report)

A 1-day workshop for undergraduate students focusing on opportunities for careers and graduate study in field and environmental biology, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. A primary goal is increasing minority participation in the biological sciences within such groups as African and Black Americans, Native Americans, and individuals of Hispanic ethnicity. Registration is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates.
01/16/2014- 01/17/2014

iDigBio Education and Outreach Workshop (workshop report)

Two day workshop to explore the parameters of iDigBio's Education and Outreach directives. TCN presentations, keynote speakers and demonstrations of the Resources and Tools available are among the topics to be addressed.

Calendar Year 2013

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links

12/16/2013 - 12/20/2013

CitScribe Hackathon

This was an exciting opportunity to work on a ground-breaking citizen-science endeavor with immediate and strong impacts in the areas of biodiversity and applied conservation. The hackathon produced new functionality and interoperability for Zooniverse's Notes from Nature ( and similar transcription tools. There were four areas of development that were progressively addressed throughout the week:
  • linking images registered to the iDigBio Cloud to transcription tools to create efficiency and alleviate storage issues
  • transcription QA/QC and the reconciliation of replicate transcriptions
  • integration of OCR into the transcription workflow
  • new UI features and novel incentive approaches for public engagement

12/09/2013 - 12/12/2013

iDigBio Small Herbarium Workshop

Co-sponsored by iDigBio, the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State, the North American Network of Small Herbaria, and the Small Collections Network (SCNet), the event brought together about 30 collections professionals from 25 institutions representing 16 states, all focused on strategies and processes for digitizing the collections held in smaller herbaria. More information about the workshop, including recordings of the sessions, and PDF files of the proceedings, are available at the workshop’s wiki.

The primary goals for the workshop included:

  • Encouraging, enabling, and facilitating the digitization of small herbarium collections, to include recording, imaging, and serving specimen data,
  • Encouraging collaboration and interaction among small herbaria across the United States,
  • Expanding the number of data portals of the North American Network of Small Herbaria (NANSH),
  • Encouraging attendance at the upcoming iDigBio-sponsored small herbarium workshop to be held in conjunction with Botany 2014,
  • Fostering expansion of SCNet.
11/19/2013- 11/21/2013 iDigBio Summit 2013 Foster communication and cohesion between iDigBio and Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), clarify objectives, identify challenges and needs.
10/27/2013- 11/1/2013 iDigBio Symposium at TDWG 2013 Empowering International eCollaboration for Sustainability: Symposium at Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) 2013
09/23/2013 - 09/25/2013

iDigBio Paleontology Digitization Workshop

More than 60 paleontologists representing 41 institutions assembled in New Haven, CT the week of September 23rd, 2013 to share ideas, protocols, preferences, and strategies.

09/16/2013 - 09/18/2013

iDigBio Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop

The content of the Ann Arbor workshop included a host of excellent presentations and lots of outstanding discussion, all focused on imaging arthropods. Nearly 30 institutions were represented by the 40 participants.

08/12/2013 - 08/16/2013

iDigBio's 2nd Train the Trainers Georeferencing Workshop from the GWG

From across the continent, a diverse group of 26 participants, 10 remote participants, and five instructors gathered in Gainesville from August 12 – 16 for a week-long intermediate to advanced course on georeferencing natural history museum legacy specimen data, emphasizing how to present and teach these skills to others.
08/12/2013 - 08/16/2013

Specify 6 Workshop

This was a "progressive workshop," that began with Specify 6 installation and basics and progressed through advanced topics. Each participant will attend up to 3 consecutive days, depending on need and experience with Specify.

iDigBio Symposium at Botany 2013: Broadening Participation - Recruiting and Retaining Outstanding Scientists in the Botanical Sciences (Anna Monfils)

Information to be added


iDigBio Symposium at Botany 2013: Uses of Herbarium Specimens in Research, Teaching, and Public Outreach (Pam Soltis)

Information to be added


CSIRO Digitization Workshop

iDigBio joined a digitization symposium featured at the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji which was followed by a digitization workshop for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in Canberra, Australia. The Pacific Science Inter-congress was attended by an assortment of biologists, ecologists, and social scientists. The program included a daylong symposium coordinated by Mantle and Dr. David Schindel, Executive Secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life. This symposium, titled Connecting Biodiversity Collections in the Pacific: Digitization through DNA Barcoding and Informatics, spanned Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, with the Wednesday session focused mostly on the digitization and distribution of biodiversity data and Thursday, on DNA barcoding.
04/24/2013- 04/25/2013

iDigBio Entomology Digitization Workshop (DROID 2)

This workshop will focus on digitization of dried insect specimens, stored in drawers and trays, either pinned or in packets. A sampling of workshop topics includes specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book databasing and imaging, database selection decisions, and digitization workflows. The workshop will be held at The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois April 24-25, 2013.


ASB 2013 symposium and workshop

There will be a symposium and workshop on museum collection digitization efforts at the 2013 meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB). The emphasis will be on workflow options and workflow efficiency. The symposium will provide exposure to digitization efforts and challenges across taxonomic groups while the workshop will be a one-day training session on workflow concepts and logistics.

03/05/2013- 03/06/2013

iDigBio Wet Collections Digitization Workshop (DROID 3)

This new workshop will focus on digitization of wet collections, to include specimen label databasing, specimen imaging, ledger and field book imaging, and digitization of legacy objects such as X-rays, CT scans, and 35mm slides. It will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas on March 5-6, 2013.
02/13/2013- 02/14/2013

Augmenting OCR Hackathon

This Hackathon addresses OCR output and natural language parsing of natural history museum's specimen label data.

Calendar Year 2012

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links
10/23/2012- 10/24/2012 iDigBio Summit 2012

Foster communication and cohesion between iDigBio and Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), clarify objectives, identify challenges and needs.
10/08/2012- 10/12/2012

iDigBio's first Train-the-Trainers Georeferencing Workshop

This "train-the-trainers" workshop is designed to provide the community with more trainers across the USA available to train others to georeference specimen label locality data. Participants are expected to organize and facilitate at least one multi-day georeferencing workshop targeted at the TCNs and other digitization projects of which the participants are representative. The workshop is an intensive 5-day event in Gainesville, Florida October 8 - 12, 2012. The participant list is posted (see column to the right).

10/01/2012- 10/02/2012 iDigBio Augmenting OCR Working Group workshop In order to identify best practices and to develop tools for this process and plan a hackathon, iDigBio ( will hold an “iDigBio Augumenting OCR” workshop October 1-2, 2012, in Gainesville, Florida.
09/28/2012- 9/29/2012

Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Subject Workshop

This workshop seeks to identify ways to engage the public in the ongoing digitization of biodiversity specimens.
09/17/2012- 9/18/2012

Digitizing Plant Collections Workshop

iDigBio is offering a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on organizing, launching, and maintaining a biological collections digitization program. The first of these workshops will focus on vascular and non-vascular plant digitization and will be held at Valdosta State University, September 16­–18, 2012.
07/12/2012 Botany 2012 The workshop is designed to introduce current and future biological and paleontological specimen collections staff to resources and workflows that can lead to greater efficiencies in the digitization of their collections.

05/30/2012- 5/31/2012 Developing Robust Object to Image to Data Workflows Workshop This research workshop addresses the design, documentation, and optimization of Object-to-Image-to-Data workflows for digitizing biological specimens which are curated in thousands of museum and herbarium collections worldwide.

04/27/2012- 04/28/2012 iDigBio Paleocollections Workshop Address the digitization needs, opportunities and Grand Challenges of the US Paleontological collections community throughout the US.
03/28/2012- 3/30/2012 IT Standards Workshop Bring together experts in biodiversity informatics and related fields. Priorities include: 1) harmonizing data and metadata requirements for digital collections; 2) examining semantic and linked-data approaches to biodiversity data interoperability; 3) developing training and testing resources for georeferencing; 4) defining storage capabilities, interoperability, and computational requirements for the national resource.

Calendar Year 2011

Date Workshop Name (Calendar Announcement) Brief Summary Links
11/29/2011 - 12/01/2011 iDigBio Summit 2011 Foster communication and cohesion between iDigBio and Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs), clarify objectives, identify challenges and needs.