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 […]

BCoN in the News

An editorial in the January 2018 issue of the journal BioScience highlights the important work that the Biodiversity Collections Network is embarking on during 2018. Notably, organizing meetings and workshops that are intended to help identify and outline potential next steps for continuing a national initiative to digitize and use in research data and images […]

BCoN Workshop Report: Evaluating Progress Toward Goals of NIBA

In January 2017, the Biodiversity Collections Network convened a meeting in Washington, DC, to ask approximately 30 representatives from various stakeholder groups to evaluate the community’s collective progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic and Implementation Plans for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance. The Next Generation Research Working Group participated in this […]

BCoN Requests Community Input

The natural history collections community is invited to provide input on a draft report about community progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic and Implementation Plans for NIBA. The report is the outcome of a two-day stakeholder workshop held in Washington, DC in January 2017 by the the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN). […]

BCoN’s Lastest Activities

During its first three years, BCoN worked with the community to identify tools and resources needed to improve the community’s capacity to communicate about biodiversity collections. As a result, the American Institute of Biological Sciences launched a new communication-training program. BCoN worked with the Natural Science Collections Alliance and isotopic scientists to inform a new […]

New Collections-Based Workshop and Faculty Mentoring Network for Undergraduate Biology Educators

Are you interested in incorporating more real data into your undergraduate courses? Natural history collections have been digitizing (the process of converting information into a digital format) their holdings and making them available online, creating a vast resource for biodiversity data that educators can access! Apply now to join the 2017 “Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate […]

Participate in WeDigBio This Week

The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event kicks off this week from 20-23 October. Citizen scientists are teaming up with researchers and other participants around the world to capture biodiversity specimen data—digitizing the information for scientific research, education, and policy. Participants can pick a project in which to participate online ( or find an […]

A Celebration of European Natural History Collections

The Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid will be hosting the 20th anniversary of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) on 20 October. The event will engage a diverse audience of researchers, science communicators, international policymakers and industry representatives about the importance of natural history collections in today’s global economy and the challenges of the […]