iDigBio’s Vertebrate Digitization Interest Group is pleased to offer a 4-part webinar series entitled The Value of Digitizing Vertebrate Collections, all to be held on Tuesdays in September, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. These will be the first four of several webinars leading up to a second iDigBio-sponsored vertebrate digitization workshop to be held spring 2016. The purpose of this first series of four is to outline the value and importance of digitizing vertebrate collections, including herps, mammals, birds, and fishes, with an emphasis on imaging. The target audience includes vertebrate zoologists, curators, collections managers, and others interested in vertebrate digitization. As defined for these webinars, digitization includes the transcription of label data into electronic records, production of one or more 2D or 3D images per selected specimen, the potential enrichment of label data (e.g. appending georeferences and/or links to catalogs, journals, and other source materials), and making transcribed data and associated images available via the web.
All webinars are 3-4 p.m. EDT and accessible at https://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/vertdigitization. Here is the schedule:
September 8: The Value of Digitizing Mammal Collections, Cody Thompson, University of Michigan
September 15: The Value of Digitizing Fish Collections, Andy Bentley, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and President of SPNCH
September 22: The Value of Digitizing Herpetology Collections, Chris Phillips, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois
September 29: The Value of Digitizing Bird Collections, Carla Cicero, UC Berkeley and Lead PI for Vertnet
Webinars are strictly one hour long. Time is made available during the webinar for questions and comments.
We use AdobeConnect for our webinars, an online conferencing tool. No special software is required. Any browser will work. Just navigate to https://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/vertdigitization, click Enter as Guest, enter you name, and login. All webinars will be recorded and made available on the interest group wiki at: https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/Vert_digi_interest_group. To learn more about AdobeConnect, go here: