Yesterday the ASU Natural History Collections, Informatics & Outreach Group was represented at the “IUCN – CBO Partnership Workshop”, held on February 25-26, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe. The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Below is a collection of broad themes, keywords, and links that are relevant to the workshop.
1. ASU Natural History Collections – http://taxonbytes.org/impressions-alameda-grand-opening/
2. Searching SEINet
3. Via Dr. Les Landrum
- Here is a demo that shows what one can do with georeferenced specimens. Go to http://pinkava.asu.edu/PlantMap/
- We have a fairly rare species of plant – Fremontodendron californicum. Map that species and then use the Biotic communities map (one of 3 options) to see where it grows.
- Infer community identity, occurrence correlations “from the bottom up”.
- Can create analytical models with different kinds of question- and data-driven themes on top of this evidential biodiversity information layer.
4. Via Ed Gilbert
5. Arthropod collections and “research readiness” – Cobb, Seltmann & Franz. 2014.
Calls are going out currently to submit Symposium proposals for the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Orlando. Here is the summary for one such proposal led by Nico Franz and Katja Seltmann and intended for the category: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation Biology. If you would like to contribute as potential speaker to this Symposium proposal, please contact Nico Franz (s0on).
Title: Building the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph for Insects – Components, Progress, Challenges.
Presentation Type: Combination Oral and Poster Presentations.
The School of Life Sciences’ newly renovated and now fully active space for the Natural History Collections, Informatics and Outreach Group is celebrating a Grand Opening on the afternoon/evening of October 2nd, 2014. The event will introduce the greater ASU community and other interested groups to the facilities and affiliated research and learning programs at Alameda. The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting, exhibits, and guided tours through the collections and outreach spaces.
The summer is over! Via Melody Basham, here is a brief summary of upcoming Fall 2014 outreach events at our Alameda Collections Space. Post in development.
- School Visit – Wednesday, August 27th – Montessori School Grades 4-6.
- Each collection will prepare displays; we are expecting around 25-30 students and teachers. Most time will be spent on activities in the teaching classroom; inlcuding short, structured activities.
- Alameda Open House Event – Thursday, October 2nd – ASU community and supporters.
- This will be our big, first, formal Open Door.
- Jeepers Creepers IDEA Museum Insect Event – Saturday, October 25th – Insect family day.
- We held this event last year and have been invited back again this year.
On July 3-4, 2014, a team including Neil Cobb (NAU), Katja Seltmann (AMNH), Nico Franz and Ed Gilbert (ASU) convened at Alameda to discuss plans to create a new Lepidoptera collections network (“LepNet”). Our main focus was to discuss use cases, workflows, and data schema models to represent “associations” of butterflies and moths in Symbiota. This would include the ability to submit searches by herbivore taxon (e.g., “Papilio indra“) and obtaining a list of associated plant taxa, based both on actual occurrence records stored in the network and in an “associations module” that can receive information published in various Symbiota-external sources.
With lead author Corinna Gries of the University of Wisconsin, two Franz Lab members have a new publication in the Biodiversity Data Journal reviewing the Symbiota software platform. Symbiota has become popular with a broad range of North American collections networks and is gaining support in Central America as well.
- Gries, C., E.E. Gilbert & N.M. Franz. 2014. Symbiota – a virtual platform for creating voucher-based biodiversity information communities. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1114 (24 Jun 2014). doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1114. Link to Open Access publication.
The ASU-SoLS Natural History Collections are close to completing a “once in 50 years” move to the newly renovated Alameda space. Parts of the collections started moving as early as December, 2013. Except for the invertebrates (specifically, the Hasbrouck Insect Collection and the rediscovered Roworth Shell Collection), most collections have now moved physically and people, cabinets, and other resources are starting to get settled in and reactivated. Shared spaces for outreach, teaching, collections research, and informatics are taking shape. We are nearly doubling our square footage and at the same time unifying physically and conceptually. See the latest photos here.
An official opening of the space and collections is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of the Fall semester, but our occupancy and activities will commence much sooner. A first invertebrate zoology course will be offered at Alameda during the summer.
This morning we had access to ASU’s Edwin C. Roworth Shell Collection, currently located in a storage area off campus. There are tentative plans to reactivate this collection – estimated to contain more than 100,000 shells – and integrate it with the new Alameda Natural History Collection space. In the meantime, marvel at a very superficial photo inventory of this impressive collection here.