Digitizing Science Collections: Unlocking Data for Research and Innovation

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

Natural science collections are research facilities and infrastructure that house irreplaceable specimens and data. New technologies and techniques make it possible to move this information from the shelves of a science collection to a computer in a research laboratory, classroom, or home.

This briefing will explore how scientists and natural science collections managers are working to digitize the nation's natural science collections to press forward the frontiers of research, spur new technology, and provide information to answer pressing societal problems.

Speakers:

Dr. Mary Liz Jameson
Associate Professor, Wichita State University
The Value of Biological Collections to Science, Education, and the Economy

Dr. Larry Page
President, Natural Science Collections Alliance
Curator of Fishes, Florida Museum of Natural History
Digitization: Exponentially Increasing Access to Collections Data

Dr. Michael A. Mares
Director, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
Protecting and Using America's Irreplaceable Resource Now and in the Future

Presented by the Natural Science Collections Alliance