Green digitization: online botanical collections data answering real-world questions
James, Shelley A. , SOLTIS, PAMELA S. , Nelson, Gil .
Green digitization: online botanical collections data answering real-world questions.
Recent advances in digital technology coupled with rapidly increasing interest in the creation and dissemination of digitized specimen data for use in broad scale research by botanists and other organismal scientists have encouraged the development of a variety of new research opportunities in the botanical sciences. It is now increasingly possible to collect, use, re-use, and share data more easily and effectively. With the advent of the NSF’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections initiative and the establishment of iDigBio as the national resource for specimen digitization and digital data mobilization, researchers now have access both ever larger and varied digital data sets for visualization, analysis, and modeling and new opportunities for adopting “big data” strategies for facilitating discovery. The iDigBio portal alone now includes approximately 28 million botanical specimen records, a figure that is growing rapidly as new institutions mobilize and share data with iDigBio and other biodiversity data aggregators. In our symposium, we will present a broad array of examples of the latest developments in botanical biodiversity research using digitized specimen data, including in the fields of genomics, conservation assessment, ecology, phenology, and taxonomic revisions. We will present current trends in proactive digitization of specimen data that occurs during the collecting and vouchering of specimens and field data, tools, skills, and strategies needed for linking and visualizing botanical data, and innovative methods for digital discovery. We also highlight how digital data are being used especially for research that expands our understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the environment.
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1 - Florida Museum of Natural History
2 - University Of Florida, Florida Museum Of Natural History, PO BOX 117800, Gainesville, FL, 32611-7800, USA, 352/273-1964
3 - Florida State University
Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Candidate for Awards:None