Participant Related Projects

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Projects of Various Participants with Relevance to the Hackathon


Hackathon participant Chris Dell is associated with the Tolkin Project. Another Tolkin Informatics staff member, Elvis Wu attended the AOCR Working Group meeting in October of 2012 to help us plan the February 2013 hackathon. Reed Beaman, iDigBio Senior Personnel, is one of the Principal Investigators on this project. From the website:

TOLKIN is an information management and analytical web application to provide informatics support for phylodiversity and biodiversity research projects. As a web-based application, TOLKIN is able to support collaborative projects by providing shared access to a variety of data on voucher specimens, taxonomy, bibliography, morphology, DNA samples and sequences.


Participant Daryl Lafferty is the developer on this project, Semi-Automated Label Information Extraction System (SALIX).


Participant Bryan Heidorn and iDigBio staff member Reed Beaman are part of the Biological Science Collections Tracker project. Read more about this endeavor at From their website:

BiSciCol (Biological Science Collections) Tracker is a funded NSF collaborative project with the goal of building an infrastructure designed to tag and track scientific collections and all of their derivatives.

From the Page

Hackathon participant, Ben Brumfield's consulting organization is From The Page. Check out the blog at for more about Ben's experience with developing user interfaces for transcription, and OCR, and,...

DarwinCore Parser

DarwinCore Parser 
(Node.js) (SilverBiology) very very new and developing this for the OCR meeting and some internal projects.
  • Will be used to send OCR as text and:
    • Get Dates from blob of text with ratings
    • Get Lat/Lng in various formats
    • Wrapper for GlobalNames and GBIF Checklist Bank for Name Recognition
    • Higher Taxa lookup from GBIF Checklist Bank
    • Wrapper for Python Lat/Lng format converter
    • Type status detection
    • Experimental: Using geos and GDAM for higher geography lookup and potential any shapefile lookup like Ecological data.
    • more stuff.... looking for help...

The Apiary Project

Find out more about Apiary at

Biodiversity Heritage Library

For an introduction to this project see:

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