Community Input Requested: Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges

A workshop held 30 October – 1 November 2018 at Oak Spring Garden in Upperville, VA under the leadership of the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) addressed the future deployment of data held in U.S. biodiversity collections for research, policy and education. In their discussions, participants drew heavily on recent literature as well as surveys, meetings and workshops held over the past year with the stakeholder community of collections professionals, researchers, and educators.

A report derived from the workshop and stakeholder outreach is now available for public comment. The comment period will be open until 5:00 PM Eastern on 1 February 2019. Please send your comments to Dr. Barbara Thiers at

A final version of the report will be issued in early February after user feedback is incorporated.

Download Report

Download Appendix A: List of Participants

Download Appendix B: NIBA Digitization Progress

Download Appendix C: Stakeholder Outreach Summaries

Download Appendix D:  Selected References on Recent Uses of Biodiversity Collections

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