Specimens Full Circle SPNHC 2015

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This wiki supports the SPNHC 2015 Symposium - Specimens Full Circle: Collection to Digitization to Data Use, Gainesville, Florida, 20 May, 2015.

This symposium has four tracks: collection of museum specimens, digitization (includes imaging and other media), use of the resulting digitized data in research, and digitization project management.

Abstract. 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.

As a collector, have you updated your field-collecting protocols? Do you map your field-collected data to current standards (like Darwin Core or Audubon Media)? Do you use hand-held devices and apps when collecting specimens? Or are you designing an app? Are you attaching globally unique identifiers in-the-field? As a collection manager, curator, technical assistant, informatics manager, programmer,…have you sped up transcription and imaging at your institution? Are you implementing novel methods for assuring data quality and fitness-for-research use? Have you incorporated crowd-sourcing and georeferencing into your digitization workflows? How are you incorporating digitization, social media, and use of specimen data into your education and outreach strategies? Have there been new research outputs and capabilities made possible by the changes you have made in your workflows? As a graduate student or current researcher do you have new research to share using specimen data? To all in the SPNHC community and beyond, please come show us what is working, what is still challenging, and what you’re accomplishing with specimen data.

SPNHC 2015 Symposium - Specimens Full Circle - Agenda and Logistics

General SPNHC 2015 Information

Collaborative Documents

  • Google Doc for Symposium Group Notes
    • Schedule is embedded in the Google Doc

Conference and Symposium Blog Post

Blog post


  • Facebook album

Symposium Presentations Day 1

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Specimens Full Circle, Day 1
Time Title Presenter
first morning session
1 8:30 - 8:50 Symposium Introduction: Specimens Full Circle - Collection to Digitization to Data Use Dena Smith, Deb Paul, Vladimir Blagoderov
2 8:50 - 9:10 Using museum data for large-scale questions: modeling Florida plant diversity Charlotte Germain-Aubrey (University of Florida), Julie Allen, Robert Guralnick (University of Florida), Kurt Neubig, Jose-Miguel Ponciano, Thomas Lamy, Douglas Soltis (University of Florida), Lucas Majure, Pamela Soltis (University of Florida)
3 9:10 - 9:30 Natural history museum collections provide information on phenological change in British butterflies since the mid-19th century Angela Self and Stephen J. Brooks (Natural History Museum, London)
4 9:30 - 9:50 Accelerating Digitization of Biodiversity Research Specimens through Online Public Participation Elizabeth R. Ellwood (Florida State University), Betty A. Dunckel (University of Florida), Paul Flemons, Robert Guralnick (University of Florida), Gil Nelson (Florida State University), Greg Newman, Sarah Newman, Deborah Paul (Florida State University), Greg Riccardi (Florida State University), Nelson Rios, Katja C. Seltmann, Austin R. (Mast Florida State University)
5 9:50 - 10:10 Open Discussion Session (or possible talk slot)
10:10 - 10:30 BREAK
second morning session
6 10:30 - 10:50 The Utility of Accessioned Collections for Conseravation Management of Endangered Species Samantha Wisely (University of Florida), Paul M. Marinari (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute), Oliver A. Ryder (San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research)
7 10:50-11:10 Providing Computing Skills For The Next Generation Of Biodiversity Scientists François Michonneau (University of Florida), Deb Paul (Florida State University)
8 11:10-11:30 The New and Improved Armchair Botanist Richard Rabeler (University of Michigan)
9 11:30-11:50 The digital roundabout: data flow from field project to archive to new project Ann Molineux (University of Texas)
11:50-12:00 Open Discussion Session
12:00 - 1:30 LUNCH
first afternoon session
10 1:30-1:50 The contribution of small collections: A case study for Fuireneae (Cyperaceae) Heather Dame and Anna Monfils (Central Michigan University)
11 1:50-2:10 Open Slot
12 2:10-2:30 The scrub-lovin' grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplus: The Puer Group) of the southeastern U.S.: integrating specimen data from then and now for maximum effect Derek Woller and Hojun Song (Texas A & M)
13 2:30-2:50 Something Old, Something New, Specimens Borrowed And Published Too: Integrating New Specimens And Old Collections Into Research Evan Anderson (Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder), Dena M. Smith (CU Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado)
14 2:50 - 3:10 Open Discussion Session (or talk from another potential student).
3:10 - 3:30 BREAK
second afternoon session
15 3:30-3:50 Taxonomic concept resolution for voucher-based biodiversity information platforms Nico Franz (Arizona State University), Bertram Ludaescher (University of California, Davis), Edward Gilbert (Arizona State University), Alan Weakley (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
16 3:50-4:10 Open Slot
17 4:10-4:30 Specimen label digitization using OCR/NLP tools integrated within the Symbiota processing toolkit Ed Gilbert, et al (Arizona State University)
18 4:30-4:50 Open Slot
19 4:50 - 5:10 Open Discussion Session (or possible talk slot)
5:10 - 5:30 Open Discussion Session

Symposium Presentations Day 2

Thursday, 21 May 2015

  • Times to be announced.
Specimens Full Circle, Day 2
Time Title Presenter
A picture is worth a thousand words: imaging in digitisation workflows Vladimir Blagoderov and Laurence Livermore (Natural History Museum, London)
Inselect: an innovative tool for automating digitisation of natural history collections. Laurence Livermore (Natural History Museum, London)
Putting Our Images to Work: Using Digitized Fossil Beetles to Study a Global Climate Transition Lindsay Walker (University of Colorado)
Integrating Imaging into Curatorial Workflows Talia Karim (University of Colorado)
Joining up for digitisation – a pilot project between Kew and the Natural History Museum Kew - Alan Paton, Sara Phillips, Elizabeth Woodger, et al. NHM - Sandy Knapp, Theresa Howard, Jonathan Gregson, Steve Cafferty, Jacek Wajer, Ben Atkinson
Transforming Time into Space: Collections Digitization and Educational Opportunities for the SDSM&T Museum of Geology Sally Shelton SDSM & T
Inclusion of botany-naïve undergraduates in digitization workflows: it is possible! Emily Gillespie (Marshall University)
Digital Collections Programme: A structured approach to mass digitisation Ben Atkinson (Natural History Museum, London)

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