TDWG 2013 in Florence, Italy, has ended, and it was a great meeting at a gorgeous location. Shown on the photo (left to right): Hilmar Lapp of Phenoscape (NESCent), Mark Schildhauer of NCEAS, and Cynthia Parr of EOL. Our group presented 5 talks and chaired the “Formal Models” section of the Semantics for Biodiversity Symposium. Talks presented by Nico Franz are here; and some impressions from the Conference are posted here. There will be a guest edited Special Issue of the Semantic Web Journal with select papers given at the Symposium. Biodiversity informatics is a truly global discipline, and one of the interesting subcontexts of attending a TDWG meeting is to understand how different regions and initiatives around the world aim for creating a sustained, useful, modern informatics infrastructure for biodiversity data at both local and global scales.
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Melody Basham who serves as the Education/Outreach representative of SCAN will be presenting an exhibit and demo at the iDigbio Summit III to take place on November 18-20 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Title: Addressing Broader Impacts with Specimen-based Learning Tools
The exhibit and presentation will review NIBA’s 2010 key objectives which encourage collection-based institutions to explore new ways of integrating biocollections into the classroom utilizing new mobile technologies. Melody will demonstrate InsectARium, a specimen-based learning application using augmented reality technology which our group has been involved in developing since July 2012.
A special thanks to all who have contributed to the development of this project: Kevin Demater, Ozlem Ozan, Yasin Ozarslan, Justin Kujawa, TBLR (Technology-Based Learning and Research at SkySong) and also a special thanks to the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation for their support.
Presentation slides are now posted for the TDWG 2013 Global Names talk.
Joining ~3000 entomologists, members of the Franz Lab will attend the 2013 Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting this year in Austin, Texas. We plan to drive our lab truck (Ford 150) there and carry out some collecting along the way. The members will give four talks and one poster. Postdoc Guanyang Zhang will present the “Featured Young Professional Presentation” at the SysEB Section Meeting and give another talk on his recent work on Caribbean weevils and biogeography. Graduate student Andrew Jansen will be presenting his research on the systematics of Minyomerus Horn, 1876 and Piscatopus Sleeper, 1960. Graduate student Salvatore Anzaldo will present the findings of his internship this past summer at the Frost Entomological Museum on the hind tibia of gasteruptiid wasps. And there will be a poster on the Weevils of North America project.
Look out for the ASU squad this year at ESA!
Presentation slides are now posted for the TDWG 2013 Symbiota LBCC Crowd Sourcing talk. Thanks to Ed Gilbert, Ben Brandt, and Corinna Gries for timely feedback. An overview of the new crowd sourcing module’s functions and “rules for engagement” for prospective contributors and collection managers is here.
Presentation slides are now posted for the TDWG 2013 SCAN talk.
Date: 2013-10-29 02:45 PM – 02:50 PM
SCAN – the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (http://symbiota1.acis.ufl.edu/scan/portal/) – is the first regional arthropod biodiversity data network that utilizes the Symbiota software platform (http://symbiota.org/tiki/tiki-index.php). Since its origin in 2012 SCAN has unified and newly created specimen-level occurrence records on-line pertaining to nearly 15 south-western United States arthropod collections; including more than 515,000 records that represent some 18,000 species. However, due to the disproportionately mismatched diversity versus taxonomic expertise for the region and focal taxa, at least one third of the specimens are not identified (authoritatively or otherwise) to the level of species, with concomitant limitations for derivative taxonomic or evolutionary/ecological research. The member collections are typically separated from each other geographically by distances that prohibit frequent interactions with regional or global experts, except in virtual realm. SCAN has therefore implemented a Filtered Push (FP) based service (http://wiki.filteredpush.org/wiki/) whose primary purpose is to connect high-quality imaged of yet insufficiently identified specimens with suitable experts who can provide identifications remotely. This is achieved through the FP-server system which both records these contributions externally and pushes them back into the source Symbiota platform for review, acceptance, or rejection by the respective collection/node leaders. SCAN is therefore primed to utilize FP at a large scale and with a well circumscribed focal purpose that is relevant to the specific needs of this collections network. We illustrate the SCN/FP workflow, underlying concepts and technology, and current state of implementation and usage. FP allows experts to gradually accumulate credit and “reputations” for their identification contributions, and thus represents a promising means to improve data quality through transparent and distributed expert involvement and attribution.
Presentation sequence in development for the following TDWG 2013 presentation: Franz, N., C. Gries, T. Nash III & E. Gilbert. 2013. Crowd Sourcing and Community Management Capabilities Available within Symbiota Data Portals.
Presentation Notes for the Arthropod Biodiversity Sessions held on September 19, 2013, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona University.
Using SCAN to Construct an Arthropod Checklist – Preliminary Insights from the “Weevils of North America” Project
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