Here are slides for the “SCAN: Moving Beyond the K-12 Paradigm” presentation, given by Melody Basham at the 2014 iDigbio Education & Outreach Workshop.
Posts tagged ‘SCAN’
David Lowery and Paul Morris of the Filtered Push project visited the Franz Lab at ASU from January 6-10, 2014, for a focused Filtered Push/Symbiota hackathon. Ed Gilbert was also present. All enjoyed an intense week of specifying and implementing workflows, schemas, and new components in SCAN (and ultimately Symbiota) to search, display, and annotate images for remote identification and label transcription. The results will gradually come live, starting later this month.
This post is in development, and using the relevant links requires specific contributor access rights [read: presently only for internal group use].
- SCAN homepage
- Key character creation & editing
- Creating key character headings
- Coding characters – mass updating
- Coding characters for a specific checklist
- Arthropods of North America Checklist
More developments soon.
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 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.
Last week the ASUHIC’s on-line holdings reached the number of 40,000 specimen records – 100% georeferenced – and representing > 80 families, 860 genera, and 2600 species. Prioritized families include Crabronidae, Curculionidae, Formicidae, Mutillidae, and Scarabaeidae all with > 4000 records. We also have ~ 730 high-resolution images on-line. Thanks to our undergraduate students – current and past – for your quality work.
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
Nico Franz, Michael Shillingburg & Sarah Shirota Read more