BCoN Announces Winners of Travel Awards for Communications Training

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) is pleased to announce the winners of travel awards to enable early career biodiversity scientists, collection managers, educators, and other biodiversity-collection professionals to participate in the AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists in Washington, DC this fall.  The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on professional development program. Ms. Sarah […]

BCoN Announces Travel Awards for Communications Training

In 2016, the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) published a workshop report, Building a More Networked System for Communicating about Natural History Collections, that called for a renewed community focus on communications – both within the biodiversity sciences community and with outside stakeholder groups (e.g. policymakers, news media, civic organization leaders, university administrators).  That report also […]

BCoN Report: Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education

The Biodiversity Collections Network has released its new report, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education.  You are invited to download and share the summary brochure and to review the longer report that provides additional detail about this vision for the future.  Endorsements:

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 […]

Survey Results: Harnessing Natural History Collections Data for Addressing National Challenges: The Biodiversity Collections and Data Wishlist

The results of the survey are in! This document summarizes the responses to this survey, which was active from 24 September to 5 October, 2018. These results, along with the results of earlier surveys and discussions sessions held in the biodiversity collections and information community, will inform a report on a primary stakeholder vision for […]

Nominations Sought for National Academies Panel on Biological Collections

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Board on Life Sciences (BLS) is seeking experts to serve on a committee that will review the contributions of biological collections in research and education. The expert panel will examine both living organisms and preserved biodiversity specimens that are supported by the National Science Foundation.  The […]

Surveys: Integrating Changes into Collections Databases: Challenges and Opportunities

The purpose of these surveys is to gather information from the collections community regarding your experience incorporating changes into your local collections databases. The goal is to compile and share findings at SPNHC-TDWG 2018 as part of the SPNHC symposium: Challenges for Implementing Collections Data Quality Feedback: synthesizing the community experience. The focus for the […]

SURVEY RESULTS: Harnessing Biodiversity Collections Data for Addressing National Challenges

Results are now available for this survey, initiated on 7 February 2018, that was intended to elicit information for a stakeholder vision of how to maximize the value of biodiversity collections data for collections management, research and education in the future. BCoN is coordinating the development of this vision in response to requests from the […]

Community Input Requested: Data Attribution and Integration Workshop Report

The natural history collections community is invited to provide comments on a draft workshop report about integration, attribution, and value in the web of natural history museum data.  The report is the outcome of a two-day needs assessment workshop held at the University of Kansas in February 2018, to explore the obstacles to data attribution […]

SURVEY: Harnessing Biodiversity Collections Data for Addressing National Challenges

This survey is intended to elicit information for a stakeholder vision of how to maximize the value of biodiversity collections data for collections management, research and education in the future. BCoN is coordinating the development of this vision in response to requests from NSF and others to inform the development of a new funding program […]