SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101

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General Information

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Where: 2017 SPNHC Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado

Sponsored by: The Smithsonian, iDigBio, and SPNHC

Organizers Jennifer Strotman (Lead and Concept), Holly Little, Deborah Paul

Quick Links for SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101
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This wiki supports the SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101 Short Course, Denver, Colorado, 18 June, 2017.

The short course will provide an introduction to natural history biodiversity informatics. The course is designed for museum professionals that need a better understanding of the natural history informatics landscape or the resources available for digitizing and digitally sharing natural history collections data. Topics will cover the basics of natural history collection data and digital object lifecycle management, including digitally archiving and mobilizing collections data and participation in global initiatives. The course will be led by museum and informatics professionals with experience in natural history collections digitization and informatics.

Three themes of this course:

  • All Sections include panel and open-discussion sessions for questions, generating new ideas, and developing professional networks. Those signing up may also be invited to share information and their specific expertise in a presentation.
    • Theme 1: Data, Standards, and Resources. What is Natural History Biodiversity Informatics? Topics covered will include introductions to data standards, data sharing standards, specimen and collection object imaging, data mobilization, data and media management, data cleanup tools and methods, and best practices for these subjects.
    • Theme 2: Who's who in Natural History Biodiversity Informatics? We will provide overviews for many of the projects, initiatives, and organizations currently involved in mobilizing collections data, see many examples here. Find out how you and your collections benefit from these initiatives. Learn how you can contribute your expertise and experience to them.
    • Theme 3: Getting Involved: resources for learning more about and participating in Natural History Biodiversity Informatics. For example, find out how you might increase your biodiversity informatics skills and data literacy through a Data or Software Carpentry workshop. Investigate existing iDigBio and other community working groups. Get a SPNHC Demo Camp Preview. Learn how all this content helps you work with your collections’ informatics specialists. And, please come to help shape the 2018 SPNHC + TDWG joint meeting opportunities.

Participant Questionnaire

SPNHC 2017 Symposium - Biodiversity Informatics 101 - Agenda and Logistics

  • Agenda (see schedule below)
  • All Day Sunday 18 June, 2017. Start time: 8 am
  • Remote participation: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/ (to be decided)
  • Link to iDigBio - Calendar Announcement (which needs to be created)
  • Twitter: @iDigBio #SPNHC2017 and conveners: @iamlilh @idbdeb

General SPNHC 2017 Information

Symposium / Short Course Resources

Short Course Outline

AGENDA in development
Sunday, 18 June 2017

SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101
Time Title Presenter
0 7:45 - 8:00 Sign-in, Name tags, Wifi for SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101
1 8:00 - 8:15 Course Introduction: SPNHC 2017 Biodiversity Informatics 101
Themes 1,2,3
Holly Little, Deborah Paul, Jennifer Strotman
Theme 1: Collections Data, Standards, and Resources. What is Natural History Biodiversity Informatics?
2 8:15 - 8:30 Encouraging the Proliferation of Digital Data Gil Nelson
3 8:30 - 8:45 Databases, Best Practices, and Guidelines: on-the-ground to policy Erica Krimmel, Gary Motz
4 8:45 - 8:55 Collections Imaging and Resources Holly Little, Laurence Livermore
5 8:55 - 9:10 Digital Curation - DAMS, Digital Preservation, Digital Lifecycle Management Rebecca Snyder
6 9:10 - 9:30 Panel and Open Discussion Q & A All presenters and participants
9:30 - 10:00 BREAK
Theme 1: continued
7 10:00 - 10:05 Framing the Conversation for Theme 1: part II
8 10:05 - 10:25 Standards and Data Mobilization
Once the data is out, then what? Feedback, Action, Data Use/Citation/Tracking
Holly Little, Laurence Livermore
9 10:25 - 10:40 Data Enhancement / Curation: Field to Database Rick Levy
10 10:40 - 10:55 Data Enhancement / Curation: Georeferencing Crystal Maier
11 10:55 - 11:10 Data Enhancement / Curation: Focus on Transcription Centers Laurence Livermore
12 11:10 - 11:30 Data Enhancement / Curation: Data Cleaning, Automation / Scripting / APIs, Open Refine, Kurator John Wieczorek
13 11:30 - 12:00 Panel and Open Discussion Q & A; Lunch Homework All presenters and participants
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
Theme 2: Who's who or Who's that? in Natural History Biodiversity Informatics? Making Connections
14 1:00 - 1:15 Alphabet Soup & Advocacy Deborah Paul, Shelley James
15 1:15 - 1:25 Joining Paleontological and Neontological biodiversity data
PBDB, ePANDDA - Making Connections - No Silos
Gil Nelson, Talia Karim
16 1:25 - 1:35 Focus on Entomological biodiversity data and collections
ECN, EntSoc, InvertNet, ECN liaison with SPNHC
Dan Young, Craig Brabant
17 1:35 - 1:50 View from the EU:
Elspeth Haston, Laurence Livermore
18 1:50 - 2:00 What's up down-under? Shelley James, Nicole Fisher
19 2:00 - 2:10 Expanding NHC Stakeholders: CCBER - Ecology and Collections Together Gregory Wahlert
20 2:10 - 2:20 2-minute Stand Ups
21 2:20 - 2:30 Open TBD
22 2:30 - 3:00 Panel and Open Discussion Q & A All presenters and participants
3:00 - 3:30 BREAK
Theme 3: Getting Involved: resources for learning more about and participating in Natural History Biodiversity Informatics
23 3:30 - 3:40 Biodiversity Data Skills and Literacy, What's Needed, Who's working on this? One example: Data and Software Carpentry Deborah Paul
24 3:40 - 3:50 Darwin Core Hour and Introducing Git Hub Gary Motz
25 3:50 - 4:00 Innovative Uses of Collections Data (ANSP Demo Camp, Randy Singer, ) Shelley James
26 4:00 - 4:10 DEMO Camp Preview, Working Groups, Get Involved Talia Karim
27 4:10 - 5:00 TDWG - SPNHC 2018 Joint Meeting; Minute Cards; Panel and Open Discussion; Wrap up; Survey All presenters and participants

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