Notice of Availability of Request for Information – Bioarchive Services

On October 28, 2015, NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network will be issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to determine the interest of organizations, institutions, collaborations and consortia in providing museum services in support of the NEON mission. NEON is a large facility project funded by the National Science Foundation. Throughout the 30 year life […]

Digitization Efforts Highlighted in the News

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the efforts of natural history collections to make their specimens and associated data available online. “Everybody knows there’s a tremendous amount of information in natural history collections,” Larry Page told the newspaper. Page is the president of NSC Alliance, the director of iDigBio, and a curator […]

WeDigBio Invites Participants in Global Digitization Campaign

Do you like biological diversity? Do you want to help us increase our understanding of the diversity of life? Do you want to be a part of a global effort to digitize specimens in biological diversity collections? If you said yes to any of these, you should participate in the WeDigBio (Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing […]

GBIF Task Force on Accelerating the Discovery of Biocollections Data Survey

The GBIF Task Force on Accelerating the Discovery of Biocollections Data is conducting a survey on digitization of biocollections. The purpose of the survey is to collect data to enable the task force determine and demonstrate (1) the digital readiness of the world’s biocollections and their institutions; (2) the benefits to the collection/institution that digitization […]

Experts Gather in Chicago to Consider Opportunities Arising from Initiatives to Digitize Biodiversity Collections, Data

Thirty scientists, communication and outreach experts, and natural science collection administrators from across the country are gathering in Chicago this week for a two-day meeting to explore how the biodiversity collections community can better collaborate to share biodiversity information with the public and key decision-makers. The Biodiversity Collections Network organized and is sponsoring the meeting. […]

Presentations Sought for Session on Biocollections and Climate Change

The upcoming Research Data Sharing without Barriers Plenary will include a session on “Unlocking the potential of biological collections data for climate change research.” The session will highlight successful case studies on digitization and label transcription processes and will discuss the challenges regarding the mobilization of data and fit-for-use of datasets in climate and environmental […]

Slate.com Article on Butterfly Collections

A recent article on Slate.com discusses the value of collecting butterflies for natural history collections. “The Most Favored Insect” by Andrew Warren of the Florida Museum of Natural History makes a case for why butterfly collecting is still relevant in modern science. Several new species of butterflies were recently identified because of genetic analysis. Warren […]

Updates from the Beyond the Box Digitization Competition

The clock is ticking! There are less than 3 months left to submit your solution to the Beyond the Box Digitization Competition. The competition deadline is September 4, 2015. As always, if your team has any questions, use the “Ask a Question” link on the FAQ section of the Beyond the Box Web site. We […]

Collections in Support of Biological Research Solicitation

The new program solicitation for the Collections in Support of Biological Research program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is now available. The program provides funds for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological […]