Digitization: New Tools for Increasing the Use of Natural History Collections for Research, Education and Informed Decisionmaking

Monday, December 14, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Capitol Visitor Center SVC-212

Natural history collection specimens and their associated data are an irreplaceable scientific resource that provides the information society needs to understand the history of life on Earth and the data necessary to develop predictive models and tools useful to decision makers grappling with complex questions related to environmental stewardship, food safety and security, and public health. This briefing will explore recent efforts to digitally capture images of scientific specimens and their associated data. Speakers will address how digitization is making collections more accessible and how citizen scientists are engaging in the effort.


Dr. Larry Page
President, Natural Science Collections Alliance
Director, iDigBio
Curator of Fishes, Florida Museum of Natural History
A National Campaign to Mobilize Natural History Collections Data

Dr. Barbara M. Thiers
Vice President for Science Administration
Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium New York Botanical Garden
Natural History Collections: Understanding our Past to Inform our Future

Dr. Austin Mast
Director of the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University
Associate Director of the Institute for Digital Information & Scientific Communication, Florida State University
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
Crowdsourcing Collection Digitization: Solving a Science Problem and Improving STEM Literacy

Presented by the Natural Science Collections Alliance