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Digitized natural history collections records in traditional research, collaborative research, and big data research


iDigBio and its Role in Enabling Biodiversity Research.

iDigBio (integrated Digitized Biocollections), the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the National Science Foundation, is enabling ‘next-generation’ biodiversity research. Through ADBC, data and images for millions of biological specimens are being made available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public. Search and analytical tools for iDigBio’s Specimen Portal enable users to mine diverse data, such as taxonomy, geographic location, 2- and 3-dimensional images, vocalizations, and molecular resources tied to specimens in collections. These data promote integrative biological research on living and fossil species. Although exceedingly valuable for research, these specimens and their metadata gain greater value when they are linked to other data, such as phylogenetic, genetic, ecological, or morphological information. In this brief overview of iDigBio and introduction to the symposium, I will suggest ways in which specimen data may be integrated with other data using a variety of currently available cyber-resources.

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Related Links:
home page for iDigBio

1 - University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, PO Box 117800, Gainesville, FL, 32611, USA

linked data
digitized data
big data
data integration.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY05
Location: Snake/Boise Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: SY05001
Abstract ID:857
Candidate for Awards:None

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