Paleonet: Update: Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, 5-6 June 2017

Gil Nelson gnelson at bio.fsu.edu
Fri Oct 14 15:52:51 GMT 2016


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*Conference Update: Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research 
Conference, 5-6 June 2017*

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The planning team for the Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity 
Research Conference is making progress. Sponsored by iDigBio, the 
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the University of Michigan 
Herbarium, and the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, the 
conference will be hosted in Ann Arbor, 5-6 June 2017. Abstract 
submission will open in early January 2017. Featured speakers include:

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    Beth Brainerd, Brown University

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    Dori Contreras, Museum of Paleontology, University of California,
    Berkeley

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    Mike Donoghue, Yale University

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    Dan Fisher, Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan

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    Lawrence Hudson, Natural History Museum, London

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    Maureen Kearney, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
    Institution

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    Peter McCartney, U. S. National Science Foundation

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    Stephen Smith, University of Michigan

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    Pam Soltis, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

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    Adam Summers, University of Washington

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    Mike Webster, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University

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The rapid mobilization of digitized biodiversity data, led largely in 
the United States by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing 
Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, has resulted in a 
substantial increase in available data for research and related 
activities. This conference will encompass the uses of digitized data 
across all biodiversity disciplines, with special emphasis on digitized 
specimen data and the potential for “big data” analytics in organismal 
biology. This conference will provide an important opportunity to 
explore digital data tools, techniques, discoveries, and outcomes across 
the biodiversity sciences.

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Oral presentations and posters will emphasize the use of digital data 
for biodiversity research, inclusive of the neontological and 
paleontological domains. Emphases might include:

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    published or publishable biodiversity research that depends on
    digital datasets,

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    systematics and the use of digital data,

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    ongoing research projects that derive from and use digital datasets,

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    gaps and deficiencies in currently available digital data that
    hinder effective use,

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    user critiques of digital data aggregators and providers,

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    integrated digitization/data use/research pipelines,

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    standards and practices for depositing and documenting open access
    digital datasets,

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    the role and relevance of “Big Data” in biodiversity research,

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    use of digitized biodiversity data within the ecological sciences,

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    the relative importance of digital data derived from specimens vs.
    observations,

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    managing digital biodiversity data in support of research pipelines, and

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    analyzing and visualizing biodiversity digital data.

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The planning team for the conference includes:Chris Dick, Dan Fisher, 
Rich Rabeler, Alison Davis Rabosky, Dan Rabosky, Adam Rountrey, Cody 
Thompson, and Priscilla Tucker from the University of Michigan, and Gil 
Nelson, Larry Page, Pam Soltis, and Alex Thompson from iDigBio.

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For further information or to ensure that you are on the email list, 
please contact Gil Nelson at iDigBio (gnelson at bio.fsu.edu 
<mailto:gnelson at bio.fsu.edu>).


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-- 
Gil Nelson, PhD
Assistant Professor/Research
iDigBio Steering Committee
Integrated Digitized Biocollections
Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication
College of Communication and Information

Courtesy Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium
Florida State University
gnelson at bio.fsu.edu

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