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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Mast, Austin [1], Bruhn, Robert [2], Riccardi, Greg [2].

BIOSPEX 3.0—A Basecamp for Launching, Advertising, and Managing Biodiversity Specimen Digitization Expeditions.

Public participation (i.e., crowdsourcing, citizen science) in the digitization of biodiversity specimens is an appealing strategy for biocollection curators, since it enables them to simultaneously advance digitization, outreach, and sustainability goals.  Several engaging sites for public participation now exist, including Notes from Nature, which has had coordinated development with BIOSPEX over the past four years with joint funding through NSF’s Advances in Biological Informatics program.  To date, BIOSPEX-launched projects on Notes from Nature have resulted in a half-million specimen transcriptions by nearly 4,000 participants, with BIOSPEX providing engaging visualizations of progress (e.g., map of collection locations of transcribed specimens) and a central location to aggregate resources that enrich user experience (e.g., videos explaining the science).  BIOSPEX 3.0 represents a compelling refresh of the user experience with the addition of new functionality, especially in support of classroom integration.  This new functionality enabled the WeDigFLPlants project to pilot a team competition during WeDigBio 2018 that relied on a near-real-time BIOSPEX scoreboard.  We will introduce the new BIOSPEX 3.0, scheduled for release in the weeks just prior to the conference.


Related Links:
BIOSPEX


1 - Florida State University, Department Of Biological Science, 319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, United States
2 - Florida State University, School of Information, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, USA

Keywords:
BIOSPEX
citizen science
digitization
education
outreach.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
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Abstract ID:658
Candidate for Awards:None


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