August 17, 2012
With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, in September 2012 the American Institute of Biological Sciences will convene a two-day workshop in Reston, Virginia, to develop an implementation plan for the Strategic Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA). The outcome of the workshop will be a detailed report that will be published in November.
The workshop organizing committee wants the report to be informed by as many viewpoints as possible. There will be two opportunities for individuals and organizations to inform the recommendations contained in the report. Right now, interested parties are invited to review the Strategic Plan for NIBA at http://digbiocol.wordpress.com/brochure/. Then, please share any suggestions or other comments you think could help inform the discussion and outcomes of the September workshop.
The workshop will consider how best to achieve the following objectives.
Of particular interest to the planning committee are suggestions concerning the organization and governance required to achieve these objectives, as well as the technology development, workforce development, and workforce training that will be required to achieve them.
Please email comments to PUBL...@aibs.org by Friday, September 7, 2012.
Following the workshop, additional community input will be sought on the draft report.