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Gilbert, Edward [1], Gries, Corinna [2], Nash, Thomas [3].

Adding and maintaining natural history collections data in a Symbiota driven web portal.

Symbiota is a software package that is currently being used by many thematically, regionally, or taxonomically defined digitization efforts supported by the NSF ADBC program to publish, edit and maintain primary biodiversity data. New functionality has been added to support this massive digitization effort. This hands-on workshop is designed for data contributors (collections managers, volunteer coordinators) rather than data users. An overview of approaches supporting basic data management in Symbiota will be given, with in-depth coverage of certain aspects tailored to participants’ interest. We will not cover general data access, search, and retrieval. With well over 100 collections contributing data to one or more Symbiota driven portals, the workshop may concentrate on collection management, importing data, refreshing data snapshots, migrating data in and out of Specify, and publishing data through the Darwin Core Archive module. Alternatively, emphasis may be put on the digitization aspects with specimen data entry, transcribing label images using Optical Character Recognition and Natural Language Processing, linking duplicates, geo-referencing with the GeoLocate module, and the new volunteer data entry interface. It is strongly recommended to bring a personal laptop. We will poll registered participants before the event to gauge interest and design the agenda accordingly.
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1 - Arizona State University, Global Institute Of Sustainability, 2831 E. 18th St, Tucson, AZ, 85716, USA
2 - University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, 680 North Park Street, Madsion, WI, 53706, USA
3 - University of Wisconsin, Botany, Madison, WI, 53706, USA

collection management
online specimens records
specimen digitization
natural history collection

Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: WS06
Location: Pines South/Boise Centre
Date: Sunday, July 27th, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: WS06001
Abstract ID:14
Candidate for Awards:None

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