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Thursday, August 23
 

9:00am NZST

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentries Instructor Training
Abstract
Attendees at this workshop will learn evidence-based best-practices of teaching and skills for providing a positive environment for learners. Attendees can go on to become certified Carpentry instructors and go on to teach Data, Software, and Library Carpentry workshops at their home institutions. ... http://spnhc-tdwg2018.nz/conference/workshops-field-trips-and-events/

Moderators
JD

Jonah Duckles

The Carpentries

Thursday August 23, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
 
Friday, August 24
 

9:00am NZST

MAHC Group Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Antony Kusabs

Antony Kusabs

Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Sciences, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
I have been a Collection Manager at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, since 2010. I manage the Te Papa Herbarium (WELT). I enjoy improving Collection Management through better systems, storage, materials, and disaster preparedness. I have an extensive experience in botanical... Read More →

Friday August 24, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Kakapo Room, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

9:00am NZST

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentries Instructor Training
Abstract
Attendees at this workshop will learn evidence-based best-practices of teaching and skills for providing a positive environment for learners. Attendees can go on to become certified Carpentry instructors and go on to teach Data, Software, and Library Carpentry workshops at their home institutions. ... http://spnhc-tdwg2018.nz/conference/workshops-field-trips-and-events/

Moderators
JD

Jonah Duckles

The Carpentries

Friday August 24, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
 
Saturday, August 25
 

7:30am NZST

9:00am NZST

Workshop in the Care of Historic Mammal Taxidermy
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) proposes to present a one-day workshop focused on the preventive care and basic conservation treatment of historic mammal taxidermy for professionals who work with these collections, including conservators, collection managers, preventive care professionals, museum preparators, exhib ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26436

Moderators
FR

Fran Ritchie

American Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Julia Sybalsky

Julia Sybalsky

Senior Associate Conservator, American Museum of Natural History
Julia received her MA with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. At the AMNH, Julia was an important contributor in the recent projects concerning dioramas in the Hall of Biodiversity, the Hall of North American... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

9:15am NZST

Orokonui Field Trip
Saturday August 25, 2018 9:15am - 1:30pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
Kakapo Room, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

11:00am NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Treasures of the Museum
Saturday August 25, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Saturday August 25, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Kakapo Room, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

1:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Stories of the South
Saturday August 25, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

1:00pm NZST

Monarch Cruise
Saturday August 25, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
Monarch Cruises 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin, 9016

2:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Treasures of the Museum
Saturday August 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

3:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Stories of the South
Saturday August 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

3:30pm NZST

Coffee Break
Saturday August 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZST
Kakapo Room, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

5:00pm NZST

Biodiversity by Night
Moderators
EB

Emma Burns

Otago Museum

Saturday August 25, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
 
Sunday, August 26
 

7:30am NZST

9:00am NZST

TDWG Executive Committee Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am NZST
Castle D

9:00am NZST

Data Quality IG
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo

Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am NZST
Burns 5

9:00am NZST

Workshop: Care & Conservation of Zoological Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Zoological collections house a huge range of biological diversity preserved in a wide variety of ways ranging from microscope mounts to whole animals preserved in fluids. The result is that these collections consist of a wide range of differing materials which can make the long term care and conservation of such collections a co ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28621

Moderators
JC

Julian Carter

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

9:00am NZST

Introduction to 3D Imaging Using Photogrammetry
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
This full day workshop will provide an introduction to 3D imaging using photogrammetry. The course is designed for museum professionals who are already familiar with using digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, and want to extend their practice to 3D imaging. Photogrammetry is a low-cost-of-entry 3D imaging method which can ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27029

Moderators
avatar for JP Brown

JP Brown

Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum
JP is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago. He holds degrees in both Archaeological Conservation and Computer Science. He started working on 3D imaging of museum collections in 2006 and has been doing CT, laser scanning, and photogrammetry... Read More →

Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
1877 Space, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

9:00am NZST

Presentation Drop-off Room Open
Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Presentation Drop-off Room Castle Lecture Theatre Complex, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9019

9:15am NZST

Orokonui Field Trip
Sunday August 26, 2018 9:15am - 1:30pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Sunday August 26, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
The Link

11:00am NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Treasures of the Museum
Sunday August 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

11:00am NZST

TDWG Executive Committee Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Sunday August 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle D

11:00am NZST

Data Quality IG
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo

Sunday August 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Burns 5

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Sunday August 26, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
The Link

1:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Stories of the South
Sunday August 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

1:00pm NZST

Monarch Cruise
Sunday August 26, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
Monarch Cruises 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin, 9016

2:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Treasures of the Museum
Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

2:00pm NZST

SPNHC Legislation and Regulation Committee Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Carson

Stephanie Carson

Senior Museum Registrar, American Museum of Natural History


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

2:00pm NZST

SPNHC Membership Committee Meeting
Moderators
Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

2:00pm NZST

TDWG Executive Committee Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Castle D

2:00pm NZST

Data Quality IG
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo

Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Burns 5

2:00pm NZST

W01: Training workshop in auditing and cleaning of biodiversity data (pt 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Participants will get hands-on training in how to audit collection and biodiversity data for duplicate, broken and truncated records; internal data disagreements and missing data; and character encoding issues and incorrect or inconsistent formatting. Auditing will be done on the command line with text-processing tools that are simple, reliable, ... http://spnhc-tdwg2018.nz/conference/workshops-field-trips-and-events/

Moderators
Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Castle B

3:00pm NZST

Otago Museum Tour - Stories of the South
Sunday August 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm NZST
Foyer, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

3:00pm NZST

SPNHC Best Practices Committee Meeting
Moderators
Sunday August 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

3:00pm NZST

SPNHC Professional Development Committee Meeting
Moderators
JS

Jeff Stephenson

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Sunday August 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

3:30pm NZST

Coffee Break
Sunday August 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZST
The Link

4:00pm NZST

SPNHC Conference Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Thiers

Barbara Thiers

Vice President and Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, The New York Botanical Garden
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium... Read More →

Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

4:00pm NZST

SPNHC Conservation Committee Meeting
Moderators
FR

Fran Ritchie

American Museum of Natural History

Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

4:00pm NZST

TDWG Executive Committee Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm NZST
Castle D

4:00pm NZST

W01: Training workshop in auditing and cleaning of biodiversity data (pt 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Participants will get hands-on training in how to audit collection and biodiversity data for duplicate, broken and truncated records; internal data disagreements and missing data; and character encoding issues and incorrect or inconsistent formatting. Auditing will be done on the command line with text-processing tools that are simple, reliable, ... http://spnhc-tdwg2018.nz/conference/workshops-field-trips-and-events/

Moderators
Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm NZST
Castle B

5:00pm NZST

SPNHC International Relations Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Deborah Paul

Deborah Paul

Florida State University

Sunday August 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

5:00pm NZST

SPNHC Long-range Planning Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Thiers

Barbara Thiers

Vice President and Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, The New York Botanical Garden
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium... Read More →

Sunday August 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm NZST
Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

6:00pm NZST

Code of Conduct Committee Meeting
Closed meeting of the Conference Code of Conduct Committee.

Speakers
AB

Andrew Bentley

Ichthyology Collections Manager, University of Kansas
EB

Emma Burns

Otago Museum
TF

Teresa Fogarty

Otago Museum
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Thiers

Barbara Thiers

Vice President and Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, The New York Botanical Garden
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm NZST
Otago Museum
  Meeting
 
Monday, August 27
 

7:30am NZST

Poster Set Up
Monday August 27, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am NZST
The Link

7:30am NZST

9:00am NZST

Conference Opening including Mihi
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Speakers
LS

Linda S. Ford

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG


Monday August 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am NZST
Castle 2

9:00am NZST

Presentation Drop-off Room Open
Monday August 27, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Presentation Drop-off Room Castle Lecture Theatre Complex, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9019

9:00am NZST

Poster Display
Monday August 27, 2018 9:00am - 5:30pm NZST
The Link

9:45am NZST

Building, Growing and Sustaining Global Collaborative Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Agile, interconnected and diverse communities of practice can serve as a hedge on an uncertain world. We currently live in an era of populist politics and diminishing government funding, challenging our collective optimism for the future. However, the communities we build and contribute to can be prepared and strengthened to add ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28158

Moderators
Speakers
JD

Jonah Duckles

The Carpentries


Monday August 27, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am NZST
Castle 2
  Keynotes

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Monday August 27, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
The Link

11:00am NZST

Collections in an Uncertain World: The Impact of Earthquakes on Canterbury Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Since 2010, the Canterbury region on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island has experienced more than 14,000 earthquakes. This presentation begins by considering the immediate impact of these seismic events on Canterbury Museum; how were its buildings, its collections, its team and its communities affected? Within the f ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28364

Moderators
LS

Linda S. Ford

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Speakers
AW

Anthony Wright

Canterbury Museum

Sponsors

Monday August 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am NZST
Castle 2
  Keynotes

11:45am NZST

Promoting Public Engagement of Natural History Collections through Science Communication
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Natural history collections are essential for understanding the world’s biodiversity and drive research in taxonomy, systematics, ecology and biosecurity. One of the biggest challenges faced is the decline of new taxonomists and public interest in collections-based research, which is alarming considering that an estimated 70% of ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28479

Moderators
LS

Linda S. Ford

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Speakers
BL

Bryan Lessard

Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO

Sponsors

Monday August 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle 2
  Keynotes

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG02: Natural Collections Descriptions
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The natural science Collections Description interest group meets to continue work on assessing the needs of and scope for a standard for sharing detailed metadata about scientific collections. Our group has gathered use cases in a gitHub repository and submitted a draft task charter for TDWG Committee review. [...] Do join us at SPNHC-TDWG2018 to add your vision to this evolving standard.
Natural Collections Description Interest Group Meeting

Moderators
avatar for Deborah Paul

Deborah Paul

Florida State University

Monday August 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle D

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG08: Biodiversity Services and Clients
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Biodiversity Services and Clients Interest Group will meet to discuss how to make further progress on a manuscript which reviews the current state of some key biodiversity services, and other topics relevant to our Charter. We will be looking for more volunteers to contribute to the manuscript and ideas for how best to standardize the services to facilitate easier access by clients/users. All interested participants are welcome. Biodiversity Services and Clients Interest Group Meeting

Moderators
AG

Anton Güntsch

Freie Universität Berlin
JA

James A. Macklin

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Monday August 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Burns 5

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Monday August 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
The Link

12:45pm NZST

IG-TG09: Species Information
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Species Information Interest Group will have an informal discussion to round-up the presentations of the “Species-centered projects, tools and methods” Symposium and the contributions of the “Invasive Species Experts' Panel on Breaking Information Silos” by addressing the following items:
  1. Plinian Core status
  2. Future areas of work (like population data and traits)
  3. Invasive species information

Moderators
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Monday August 27, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle B

1:15pm NZST

Tour of the Anatomy Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →


Monday August 27, 2018 1:15pm - 1:45pm NZST
The Link

1:15pm NZST

Tour of the Geology Museum
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers

Monday August 27, 2018 1:15pm - 1:45pm NZST
The Link

2:00pm NZST

S11: Documenting the occurrence through space & time of aquatic non-indigenous fish, mollusks, algae, & plants threatening North America's Great Lakes utilizing herbaria & zoological museum specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
North America’s Great Lakes contain 21% of the planet’s fresh water, and their protection is a matter of national security to both the USA & Canada. One of the greatest threats to the health of this unparalleled natural resource is invasion by non-indigenous species, several of which already have had catastrophic impacts on prop ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.24930

Moderators
avatar for Annie Simpson

Annie Simpson

biologist and information scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
I'm currently working on version 4 of a comprehensive list of introduced (non-native) species for the United States (for Alaska, Hawaii, and the L48 conterminous states). I'm also active in the DOI Invasive Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management... Read More →

Speakers
MA

Mark Allen Wetter

Wisconsin State Herbarium, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Monday August 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm NZST
Burns 5

2:00pm NZST

Opening-up Crépin’s Rose Herbarium by New Technologies: a Pilot Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The collections of Meise Botanic Garden comprise extensive and varied documentation on the genus Rosa. The library collection contains valuable and often rare 19th century publications about the genus Rosa, frequently with annotations by François Crépin. In addition to this, the archives hold the unpublished manuscripts and thou ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25792

Moderators
Speakers
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa


Monday August 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 7

2:00pm NZST

Collections Management from the Public Floor; Exhibit Registrars and Preparators Fight against Light, Dust and the Public
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In thinking about collections management and assessing collection risk, it is easy to think of the collections division and the research staff. However, when an institution places a research specimen or object on public display, the exhibits staff become the frontline collections-care personnel. At the California Academy of Scie ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26053

Moderators
ST

Sheldon Teare

Australian Museum

Speakers
LP

Lindsay Palaima

California Academy of Sciences


Monday August 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Castle C

2:00pm NZST

W05: Developing a mechanism to coordinate planning and investment in biodiversity informatics
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
There has been significant progress in organizing digital information on the world’s biodiversity to support scientific research, policy decisions and public engagement. However, most funding has been on a short-term basis and aligned with local priorities and project-based delivery plans. This session will highlight outcomes of a recent GBIC2 workshop ... https://www.gbif.org/news/1XfnaCv0CQs4YmEC2qEGeE/partners-signal-new-alliance-for-biodiversity-knowledge

Moderators
DH

Donald Hobern

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Sponsors

Monday August 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Burns 2

2:15pm NZST

S11: Vocabulary challenges with invasive species data sharing
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Biodiversity Information Serving our Nation - BISON (bison.usgs.gov) is the U.S. node to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (gbif.org), containing more than 375 million documented locations for all species in the U.S. It is hosted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and includes a web site and application pro ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25642

Moderators
avatar for Annie Simpson

Annie Simpson

biologist and information scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
I'm currently working on version 4 of a comprehensive list of introduced (non-native) species for the United States (for Alaska, Hawaii, and the L48 conterminous states). I'm also active in the DOI Invasive Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management... Read More →

Monday August 27, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm NZST
Burns 5

2:20pm NZST

Shining a New Light on Elmer Ottis Wooton’s Legacy Herbarium and Historical Archive: an Exercise to Increase Student Participation while Promoting Public Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Elmer Ottis Wooton (1865–1945) was one of the most important early botanists to work in the Southwestern United States, contributing a great deal of natural history knowledge and botanical research on the flora of New Mexico that shaped many naturalists and scientists for generations. The extensive Wooton legacy includes herbari ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25783

Moderators
Speakers
SF

Sara Fuentes-Soriano

New Mexico State University, Department of Animal & Range Sciences


Monday August 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 7

2:20pm NZST

Put a (clear, goal-oriented, flexible and focused) contract on them! Some thoughts on selecting your pest contractors
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In the last 20 years, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) has become an increasingly important discipline within the area of Preventive Conservation. Incorporating an IPM program is a complex task even for a small sized institution, so when facing the challenge of starting a monitoring, recording, quarantine and identification sche ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26721

Moderators
ST

Sheldon Teare

Australian Museum

Speakers
AM

Armando Mendez

The Natural History Museum


Monday August 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Castle C

2:30pm NZST

S11: Introducing the Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species: challenges with classification
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) presents annotated country checklists of introduced and invasive species. Annotations include higher taxonomy of the species, synonyms, environment/system in which the species occurs, and its biological status in that country. Invasiveness is classified by evidenced ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25306

Moderators
avatar for Annie Simpson

Annie Simpson

biologist and information scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
I'm currently working on version 4 of a comprehensive list of introduced (non-native) species for the United States (for Alaska, Hawaii, and the L48 conterminous states). I'm also active in the DOI Invasive Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management... Read More →

Monday August 27, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm NZST
Burns 5

2:40pm NZST

A Workflow for the Semantic Annotation of Field Books and Specimen Labels
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Geographical and taxonomical referencing of specimens and documented species observations from within and across natural history collections is vital for ongoing species research. However, much of the historical data such as field books, diaries and specimens, are challenging to work with. They are computationally inaccessable, ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25839

Moderators
Speakers
LS

Lise Stork

Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science


Monday August 27, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 7

2:40pm NZST

Finding the Silver Lining: Creating Positive Outcomes From Pest Problems
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Pests pose a significant risk to natural science collections with appreciable resources invested in prevention, monitoring and eradication. Despite best efforts, infestations do still occur in the vast majority of museums at one time or another. Tackling these can be an expensive, time-consuming and labour-intensive undertaking ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26226

Moderators
ST

Sheldon Teare

Australian Museum

Speakers
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →


Monday August 27, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle C

2:45pm NZST

S11: TrIAS, leveraging citizen science data to monitor invasive species in Belgium
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Reducing the damage caused by invasive species requires a community approach informed by rapidly mobilized data. Even if local stakeholders work together, invasive species do not respect borders, and national, continental and global policies are required. Yet, in general, data on invasive species are slow to be mobilized, often ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.24749

Moderators
avatar for Annie Simpson

Annie Simpson

biologist and information scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
I'm currently working on version 4 of a comprehensive list of introduced (non-native) species for the United States (for Alaska, Hawaii, and the L48 conterminous states). I'm also active in the DOI Invasive Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise


Monday August 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 5

3:00pm NZST

Authenticity in an Uncertain World: Ensuring Accuracy in both the Explicit and Implicit Messages of Exhibits
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Do you know what a kiwi looks like - all the way down to the orientation of the nostrils? While small details won’t make or break the aesthetics of an exhibit, they can have important impacts on visitor learning and future behavior. Museums are a traditional bastion of authenticity. From the objects we exhibit to the information ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25785

Moderators
Speakers
SM

Steven M. Sullivan

Hefner Museum of Natural History, Miami University


Monday August 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 7

3:00pm NZST

S11: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Annie Simpson

Annie Simpson

biologist and information scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
I'm currently working on version 4 of a comprehensive list of introduced (non-native) species for the United States (for Alaska, Hawaii, and the L48 conterminous states). I'm also active in the DOI Invasive Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management... Read More →

Monday August 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Burns 5

3:30pm NZST

Coffee Break
Monday August 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZST
The Link

4:00pm NZST

S10: Introduction to Digital Collection Data: storage, archive and disaster recovery
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Speakers
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
SK

Steve Kelling

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:05pm NZST
Burns 2

4:00pm NZST

Embedding Data Sharing in Biodiversity Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Increasing the number of occurrence records available for biodiversity research requires developing efficient pipelines from collectors and observers to data aggregators and then marketing those pipelines to biodiversity researchers. To be effective, these pipelines must recognize that in many countries, internet access is slow, ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26262

Moderators
BC

Bronwyn Collins

Australian National Herbarium

Speakers
ME

Mary E. Barkworth

Utah State University


Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm NZST
Burns 5

4:00pm NZST

W13: Specifications and Standards for Insect 3D Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
With the continuous development of imaging technology, the amount of insect 3D data is increasing, but research on data management is still virtually non-existent. This paper will discuss the specifications and standards relevant to the process of insect 3D data acquisition, processing and analysis. The collection of 3D data of ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26561

Moderators
NK

Niels Klazenga

Biodiversity Informatics Developer, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Speakers
JW

Jiangning Wang

Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm NZST
Castle D

4:00pm NZST

Data Enrichment Facilitated by Existing Inter-Disciplinary Expertise at Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Tamaki Paenga Hira - Auckland War Memorial Museum cares for documentary heritage, human history and natural sciences collections. Diversity in our collections has facilitated significant collaboration across collection professionals, scientists and cultural knowledge holders. Human history objects from our Pacific nations are pr ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25937

Moderators
Speakers
SH

Severine Hannam

Auckland War Memorial Museum
EK

Elle Keen

Auckland War Memorial Museum


Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 7

4:00pm NZST

The Forgotten Variable: Effects of Sample Preparation and Storage on Geochemistry of Invertebrate Skeletal Carbonate
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Standard sample preparation often includes cleaning, bleaching, preservation and storage techniques that may affect temperate invertebrate skeletal carbonate composition and integrity. Here we report on a series of interlinked studies and their key results. Rinsing with tap or deionised water has little detectable effect on samp ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26288

Moderators
Speakers
AM

Abigail M Smith

Marine Science, University of Otago


Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Castle C

4:00pm NZST

W04: Next generation biodiversity data: developing an international traits system
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
Biodiversity “trait data” refers to a variety of species- or specimen-level attributes that can contribute to our understanding, assessment, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity (e.g. morphology, species interactions, derived genomic information, life history/stage/behaviour, ecological attributes and tolerances, medicinal or food uses). ... https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2018/sessions/W04

Moderators
Monday August 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm NZST
Castle B

4:05pm NZST

S10: Best Practices for using Cloud Services for Digital Data Archive and Disaster Recovery
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Managing digital data for long-term archival and disaster recovery is a key component of our collective responsibility in managing digital data and metadata. As more and more data are collected digitally and as the metadata for traditional museum collections becomes both digitized and more comprehensive, the need to ensure that ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25812

Moderators
Monday August 27, 2018 4:05pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 2

4:15pm NZST

Catalogue of Life Plus: innovating the CoL systems as a foundation for a clearinghouse for names and taxonomy
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
In 2015, the global biodiversity information initiatives Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Barcode of Life Data systems (BoLD), Catalogue of Life (CoL), Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) took the first step to work on the idea for building a single shared authoritative nomencl ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26922

Moderators
BC

Bronwyn Collins

Australian National Herbarium

Speakers
avatar for Wouter Addink

Wouter Addink

Coordinator Research Data and e-Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
TDWG regional representative for Europe, Member of the DiSSCo coordination team , vice chair of GBIF Nodes, GBIF node manager for Species 2000 (Catalogue of Life) and Naturalis.


Monday August 27, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm NZST
Burns 5

4:20pm NZST

S10: The Death of VertNet Has Been Greatly Exaggerated But We Still Archive
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
VertNet (vertnet.org) is a collaborative project that makes biodiversity data free and available on the web. VertNet is also a tool designed to help people discover, improve, and publish biodiversity data. It is also the core of a collaboration between hundreds of biocollections that contribute biodiversity data and work togethe ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26836

Moderators
Speakers
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History


Monday August 27, 2018 4:20pm - 4:30pm NZST
Burns 2

4:20pm NZST

Looking Back for the Future: Utilizing Sawfish Saws from Natural History Collections to Conserve the Critically Endangered Largetooth Sawfish (Pristis pristis)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Critically Endangered (International Union for Conservation of Nature) largetooth sawfish, Pristis pristis, was historically distributed in the tropical Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Today, ‘viable’ populations are largely limited to northern Australia. Populations that have suffered from drastic declines in abundance ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25806

Moderators
Speakers
AF

Annmarie Fearing

University of Southern Mississippi


Monday August 27, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Burns 7

4:20pm NZST

Revising the Dead Art of Skeleton Preparation for Today’s Museum Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Many museums have an eclectic mix of skeletons in their collections. These curiosities from across the globe were processed from the carcass using a variety of techniques with varying degrees of success. The details of how these animals have journeyed from death to collection item are scarce. The old techniques and skill involve ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26278

Moderators
Speakers
JS

Judith Streat

Otago Museum


Monday August 27, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Castle C

4:30pm NZST

Integrated Landscape Assessment and Monitoring (ILAM): A cost-effective approach towards informed decision-making for natural resources management
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As the world strives towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, development planners both at national and local levels have now come to understand the importance of informed decision-making. Natural resources management is one of the areas where careful planning is required to ensure sustainable use of and maximum benefit ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26304

Moderators
BC

Bronwyn Collins

Australian National Herbarium

Speakers
FG

Faustin Gashakamba

Albertine Rift Conservation Society - ARCOS


Monday August 27, 2018 4:30pm - 4:45pm NZST
Burns 5

4:30pm NZST

S10: COSA: Cloud Object Storage Archive for deep archival of digital data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gathers, utilizes and archives a wide variety of digital assets ranging from details of a bird observation to photos, video and sound recordings. Some of these datasets are fairly small, while others are hundreds of terabytes. In this presentation we will describe how the Lab archives these dataset ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25811

Moderators
Monday August 27, 2018 4:30pm - 4:45pm NZST
Burns 2

4:40pm NZST

The Arachnology Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Arachnology collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) was founded 20 years ago. We describe its inception and early growth from 0 to over 62,000 lots; DMNS volunteers and the key role they play as citizen scientists in the Colorado Spider Survey and collections work such as identification and databasing. We ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25810

Moderators
Speakers
JS

Jeff Stephenson

Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Monday August 27, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 7

4:40pm NZST

Composting – Recent Investigations for Specimen Preparation
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Preparators and taxidermists spend a great deal of time preparing osteological materials before these can enter collections. The different preparation methods can have variable results and even the type of specimen being prepared can impact on its overall finish after preparation. This can often result in a lot of extra preparat ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26340

Moderators
Speakers
ST

Sheldon Teare

Australian Museum


Monday August 27, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Castle C

4:45pm NZST

S10: Validation for preservation: how sustainable are GBIF datasets?
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Validation using schemas and tools like the Darwin Core Archive Validator from GBIF are mainly seen as methods of checking data quality and fitness for use, but are also important for long-term preservation. We may like to think that our present (meta)data standards and formats are made for eternity, but in reality we know that ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25805

Moderators
Speakers
JP

Joakim Philipson

Stockholm University


Monday August 27, 2018 4:45pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 2

5:00pm NZST

S10: Biodiversity Data Curation: South Africa Goes Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) operates several research platforms, which may be used by the broader South African research community (e.g. a marine research vessel and a remotely operated underwater vehicle). SAIAB’s Enterprise-grade data centre, along with expertise in systems administration and b ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25840

Moderators
Speakers
WC

Willem Coetzer

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity


Monday August 27, 2018 5:00pm - 5:15pm NZST
Burns 2

5:00pm NZST

Bone Degreasing – Finding a New Solution to an Old Problem
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The South Australian Museum boasts the largest and most comprehensive cetacean collection in Australia, including various large cetacean skeletons. The preparation of these skeletons was done at various locations throughout the history of the Museum until the state government funded a purpose-built preparation facility which ope ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26392

Moderators
Speakers
DS

David Stemmer

South Australian Museum


Monday August 27, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm NZST
Castle C

5:30pm NZST

 
Tuesday, August 28
 

7:30am NZST

9:00am NZST

The Change Imperative: Accelerating the pace of biodiversity discovery and documentation
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Taxonomic work is slow and time consuming. Alarm bells have rung for years about the need to go faster, the need to attract and train new taxonomic workers, and the need to convince other branches of science that taxonomic work is vital. Morphological taxonomy is either being overrun or augmented – depending on your perspective ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28131

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Speakers
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis
EW

Elycia Wallis

Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO


Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am NZST
Castle 2
  Keynotes

9:00am NZST

Presentation Drop-off Room Open
Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Presentation Drop-off Room Castle Lecture Theatre Complex, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9019

9:00am NZST

Poster Display
Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:00am - 5:30pm NZST
The Link

9:45am NZST

If Only They Could Speak
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As a child, I loved exhibits at the museum. As an adult conservation biologist, entering the back rooms of the museum to view the collections is even more remarkable. I have begun to realise the scope of what might be held in museum collections, and to consider what these specimens, ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.29123

Moderators
avatar for Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Director, International Biodiversity Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo
Chair, TDWGCoordinator, DiSSCoTechnical Advisory Board member, RDACoordinator, Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCoco-Chair, RDA BDI IG, DCF IG & ASDOC WG

Speakers

Tuesday August 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am NZST
Castle 2
  Keynotes

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Tuesday August 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
The Link

11:00am NZST

W12: What Went Where When? Representing Animal Movements as Simple Darwin Core Occurrences
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
To usefully describe sensor deployments on animals is a major challenge for advocates of data standards. Bio-logging studies also need to be documented in a standard manner to facilitate discovery and determine relevance? For systems aggregating biodiversity occurrence records, the use of the Darwin Core standard (Wieczorek et a ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25664

Moderators
PN

Peggy Newman

IT Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Biologging, ALA4R, iNaturalist.

Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:10am NZST
Castle B

11:00am NZST

Best practices for connecting genetic records with specimen data
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
As rapid advances in sequencing technology result in more branches of the tree of life being illuminated, there has actually been a decrease in the percentage of sequence records that are backed by voucher specimens Trizna 2018b. The good news is that there are tools Trizna (2017), NCBI (2005), Biocode LLC (2014) to enable well- ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26369

Moderators
JK

Julia Kasper

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Speakers
avatar for Michael Trizna

Michael Trizna

Smithsonian Institution


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am NZST
Burns 5

11:00am NZST

Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance: Revealing Type Collections Down-Under.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Auckland Museum’s Natural Science collections contain several thousands of biological primary types, some dating back to well over a 100 years. Biological type specimens are important for the recognition of new species, because they are the specimens on which species names and descriptions are based, and so they are the standard ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26280

Moderators
Speakers
WB

Wilma Blom

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Burns 7

11:00am NZST

100 Years of Adhesives: Knowing What Sticks
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Can you distinguish glue dating from 1890, from another developed in 1940? What happens to glue as it ages? Why does glue for plant specimens need to be “archival”? What is the best way to use this seemingly unstable substance? How was glue invented, for what uses, and with what ingredients? Is it possible that each year 40 lb ( ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26147

Moderators
FR

Fran Ritchie

American Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Julie McIntosh Shapiro

Julie McIntosh Shapiro

Curatorial Assistant II, Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA
Curatorial AssistantVascular Plant Mounting Technician


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Castle C

11:00am NZST

S03: Outreach Strategies to Engage Citizen Scientists: Insights from the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
How do you successfully engage volunteers in citizen science projects? In recent years, citizen science has grown considerably in popularity, resulting in rapid increases in the number of citizen science and crowdsourcing projects and providing cost-effective means for scientists to gather more data over broader spatial ranges t ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25641

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University

Speakers
GC

Grace Costantino

Outreach and Communication Manager, Smithsonian Libraries | Biodiversity Heritage Library


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Burns 2

11:00am NZST

W18: Names for Biodiversity
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of the importance of Scientific Names to biodiversity informatics; and to invigorate collaborative redevelopment of the TDWG Standards used in the management and delivery of nomenclatural and taxonomic information. ... https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2018/sessions/W18

Associated Document: https://github.com/tdwg/tnc/blob/master/TDWG2018

Moderators
Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle D

11:10am NZST

W12: Setting the Stage – The Life Cycle of Bio-logging Data: Origin, Mobilization and Data Exchange
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In recent years, bio-logging data, automatically gathered by sensors deployed on animals, has become one of the fastest growing sources of biodiversity data. This is largely due to the steadily declining mass, size and costs of sensors, continuously opening new opportunities to monitor new species. While previously ‘tracking dat ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25914

Moderators
PN

Peggy Newman

IT Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Biologging, ALA4R, iNaturalist.

Speakers
avatar for Holger Dettki

Holger Dettki

Managing Director Swedish LifeWatch, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:10am - 11:25am NZST
Castle B

11:15am NZST

Best practices for setting up a repository of phenotypic data for European germplasm holdings
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources, EURISCO, provides information about more than 1.9 million accessions of crop plants and their wild relatives, preserved ex situ by almost 400 institutes in Europe and beyond (Weise et al. 2017). EURISCO, which is being maintained on behalf of the European Cooperative Pro ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25223

Moderators
JK

Julia Kasper

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Speakers
SW

Stephan Weise

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am NZST
Burns 5

11:20am NZST

Integration and Curation of At-Risk Collections into the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego maintains one of the largest combined oceanographic collections in the world comprising four collections: Geological (sediment cores and dredged rocks), Pelagic Invertebrates, Benthic Invertebrates and Marine Vertebrates. After surviving thr ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26259

Moderators
Speakers
BF

Benjamin Frable

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Burns 7

11:20am NZST

Measuring and Mitigating Mercury Gases in the Museums Victoria Collection.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
For the past six years the conservation and collection management departments at Museums Victoria have been conducting a major survey to determine the type and extent of hazardous substances in the collections to better inform safe handling and storage practices. This paper focuses on mercury compounds in the collection, includi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27044

Moderators
FR

Fran Ritchie

American Museum of Natural History

Speakers
DM

Danielle Measday

Museums Victoria


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Castle C

11:20am NZST

S03: How A Citizen Scientist Can Reuse & Link Biodiversity Heritage Library Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) provides open access to over 54 million pages of biodiversity literature. Much of this literature is either in the public domain or is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons framework. Anyone can therefore freely reuse much of the information and data provided by BHL. This presentat ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25298

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University

Speakers
avatar for Siobhan Leachman

Siobhan Leachman

Wikimedian, Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand
I volunteer for a plethora of GLAM, digital humanities and citizen science projects. I'm an active editor of Wikidata and am particularly interested in the intersection between GLAM collections and the reuse of their content and data in Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects.


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Burns 2

11:25am NZST

W12: Outcomes of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Ocean Biogeographic Information System OBIS-Event-Data Workshop on Animal Tagging and Tracking
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) began in 2000 as the repository for data from the Census of Marine Life. Since that time, OBIS has expanded its goals beyond simply hosting data to supporting more aspects of marine conservation (Pooter et al. 2017). In order to accomplish those goals, the OBIS secretariat in par ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25728

Moderators
PN

Peggy Newman

IT Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Biologging, ALA4R, iNaturalist.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:25am - 11:40am NZST
Castle B

11:30am NZST

Discussion of the Method for Constructing Animal Traits
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Trait data in biology can be extracted from text and structured for reuse within and across taxa. For example, body length is one trait applicable to many species and "body length is about 170 cm" is one trait data point for the human species. Trait data can be used in more detailed analyses to describe species evolution and dev ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26168

Moderators
JK

Julia Kasper

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Speakers
JW

Jiangning Wang

Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am NZST
Burns 5

11:40am NZST

A Case Study for Connecting Collections and Ecological Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Integration of ecological research and specimen collection has recently been a topic of focus in the literature (i.e. Morrison et al. 2017) and within organizing groups such as Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio). Pairing these two fields only stands to benefit biodiversity science, as one’s weakness is the other’s str ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26008

Moderators
Speakers
RL

Richard Levy

Denver Botanic Gardens


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 7

11:40am NZST

Pyrite Rehousing – Recent Case Studies at Two Australian Museums
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Two major collecting institutions in Australia, the Australian Museum (Sydney) and Museums Victoria (Melbourne), are currently undertaking large-scale anoxic rehousing projects in their collections to control conservation issues caused by pyrite oxidation. This paper will highlight the successes and challenges of the rehousing p ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26343

Moderators
FR

Fran Ritchie

American Museum of Natural History

Speakers
ST

Sheldon Teare

Australian Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Castle C

11:40am NZST

S03: What are we DOIng about the Missing Links? Connecting Taxonomic Names to the Linked Network of Scholarly Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The classification of living things depends upon the literature. Access to this literature is essential to taxonomic research and to our understanding of biodiversity. There have been tremendous efforts to digitise the world’s biodiversity literature; the Biodiveristy Heritage Library (BHL) alone has uploaded over 54 million pag ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25700

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Kearney

Nicole Kearney

Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Australia, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Australia
Zoologist and science communicator working to make Australia's biodiversity heritage literature openly accessible and discoverable for everyone. Manager of the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Chair of the BHL's Global Persistent Identifier Working Group... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 2

11:40am NZST

W12: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
PN

Peggy Newman

IT Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Biologging, ALA4R, iNaturalist.

Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:40am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle B

11:45am NZST

Automated Trait Extraction using ClearEarth, a Natural Language Processing System for Text Mining in Natural Sciences
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The cTAKES package (using the ClearTK Natural Language Processing toolkit Bethard et al. 2014, http://cleartk.github.io/cleartk/) has been successfully used to automatically read clinical notes in the medical field (Albright et al. 2013, Styler et al. 2014). It is used on a daily basis to automatically process clinical notes and ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26080

Moderators
JK

Julia Kasper

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Speakers
avatar for Anne Thessen

Anne Thessen

Research Faculty, The Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, The Data Detektiv
I am passionate about data integration and semantic technology!


Tuesday August 28, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 5

12:00pm NZST

Using Semantics for morphological Descriptions in Morph•D•Base
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Providing data in a semantically structured format has become the gold standard in data science. However, a significant amount of data is still provided as unstructured text - either because it is legacy data or because adequate tools for storing and disseminating data in a semantically structured format are still missing. We ha ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25535

Moderators
JK

Julia Kasper

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Speakers
CK

Christian Köhler

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität


Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm NZST
Burns 5

12:00pm NZST

Labels, Ledgers, Scribbles and Scraps: Uncertain Historical Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Varying quality of legacy data is found on specimen labels, in accounts ledgers, and in registers dating from the origins of the Otago Museum in 1868. A recently re-discovered ledger book that lists the Museum’s first acquisitions brings its own frustrations and more questions are raised than can be answered by the knowledge it ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25784

Moderators
Speakers
RC

Rosi Crane

Otago Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Burns 7

12:00pm NZST

S03: Improving Search Efficiency in the Biodiversity Heritage Library Corpus
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Biodiversity literature and archival collections are not only indispensable in taxonomic research, they provide crucial information for understanding of museums’ natural history collections. Literature and archives document collecting events resulting in specimen collections, contain original descriptions based on those specimen ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25586

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University

Speakers
CA

Carolyn A. Sheffield

Smithsonian Libraries/Biodiversity Heritage Library


Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Burns 2

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG06 Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
This meeting will explore the re-establishment of the Literature Interest Group, reworking the charge for the IG. (http://www.tdwg.org/activities/literature/) and expand the scope to include discussion of methods, actions and standards for working with literature in the context of TDWG standards. Examples of areas of discussion include DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) as applied to literature for use in citations of literature in other taxonomic databases; and bibliometrics for biodiversity literature to assist authors in documenting the use of research for impact assessment.
Literature Interest Group Meeting

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University
CA

Carolyn A. Sheffield

Smithsonian Libraries/Biodiversity Heritage Library

Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle D

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
The Link

12:30pm NZST

Harnessing Biodiversity Collections Data for Addressing Global Challenges
Limited Capacity seats available

This discussion session is one in a series of outreach activities organized by the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) during 2018 to gather stakeholder input about possible next steps in harnessing biodiversity collections data for addressing global challenges.   In the U.S., we are conducting these activities in response to requests from NSF and others to provide a community-derived vision that could inform the development of a new funding program to succeed NSF’s current Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program.  ADBC began in 2010 and will end in its current form in 2020.  However, we believe that a global perspective on the issue will be helpful for all national and international digitization initiatives.  
In this discussion session, we hope to review the outcomes of various national digitization initiatives, and to look for common themes in terms of digitization accomplishments and data use in research and education.  We will also explore where digitization efforts have fallen short of expectations, what the foci of future efforts should be, and how international collaboration, and more collaboration between collections professionals and biodiversity informatics specialists, might facilitate all future projects.

Speakers
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University
avatar for Barbara Thiers

Barbara Thiers

Vice President and Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, The New York Botanical Garden
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Burns 7
  SIG

1:15pm NZST

Tour of the Anatomy Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 1:15pm - 1:45pm NZST
The Link

1:15pm NZST

Tour of the Geology Museum
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers

Tuesday August 28, 2018 1:15pm - 1:45pm NZST
The Link

2:00pm NZST

S08: Data Quality Task Group 2: Tests and Assertions
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Task Group 2 of the TDWG Data Quality Interest Group aims to provide a standard suite of tests and resulting assertions that can assist with filtering occurrence records for as many applications as possible. Currently ‘data aggregators’ such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Atlas of Living Australia (A ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25608

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Speakers
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm NZST
Burns 2

2:00pm NZST

W14: Applications of Deep Learning in Ornithology
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Earth’s ecosystems are threatened by anthropogenic change, yet relatively little is known about biodiversity across broad spatial (i.e. continent) and temporal (i.e. year-round) scales. There is a significant gap at these scales in our understanding of species distribution and abundance, which is the precursor to conservation (H ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27251

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
JB

Jessie Barry

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm NZST
Castle D

2:00pm NZST

Building Next-Generation Collections: Natural History Specimens, Just One Click Away!
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Digitisation has made significant advances in many natural history collections since the 1980s. The Vertebrate Zoology Collections team of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMNVZC; ca. 1,250,000 catalogued specimens) has the ambition to go fully digital with our physical objects and associated data. Organising CMNVZC data electroni ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26145

Moderators
Speakers
KK

Kamal Khidas

Canadian Museum of Nature, Vertebrate Zoology Collections


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 7

2:00pm NZST

This Old Herbarium: APHIS Compliance and Renovation Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
With the continuous evolution of permitting regulations the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington D.C., invited an agent from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to discuss requirements for obtaining import permits fo ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28122

Moderators
Speakers
EG

Erika Gardner

Smithsonian Institution


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 1

2:00pm NZST

Beyond the Museum Walls: Developing Inexpensive Discovery Trunks for k-12
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Discovery Trunks - specimen-based educational kits - use museum collections and standardized curricula to catalyze critical thinking skills through inquiry learning. Inquiry learning facilitates the development of new knowledge by examining a novel situation in light of past experience - a crucial skill for a child in today’s un ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25925

Moderators
Speakers
JE

Julia E. Robinson

Miami University, Hefner Museum of Natural History


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Castle C

2:00pm NZST

W07: Specimen Identifiers in Related Disciplines: What can Biodiversity Learn from and Offer to Other Fields?
Limited Capacity full

Abstract
Life sciences research, and even more specifically biodiversity sciences research, has yet to coalesece on a single system of identifiers for specimens (physical samples collected for research) or even a single set of standards for identifiers. Diverse identifier systems lead to duplication and ambiguity, which in turn lead to c ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26615

Moderators
DH

Donald Hobern

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Speakers
avatar for Kerstin Lehnert

Kerstin Lehnert

President, IGSN e.V.
Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance that operates EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Castle B

2:15pm NZST

S08: Vocabularies of Values: Tackling the Heterogeneity Problem
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In the process of sharing information, it is of highest importance that we utilize common codes and signifiers, so that communication is effective. This process presents a series of complexities that are related to capturing and transmitting the meaning of the information despite homonymy, polysemy and synonymy. Biodiversity dat ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25438

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Speakers
avatar for Paula F Zermoglio

Paula F Zermoglio

Instituto de Ecología, Genética y Evolución de Buenos Aires (IEGEBA-CONICET), University of Buenos Aires


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm NZST
Burns 2

2:15pm NZST

W14: Convolutional Neural Networks for Phytoplankton identification and classification
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Phytoplankton form the basis of the marine food web and are an indicator for the overall status of the marine ecosystem. Changes in this community may impact a wide range of species (Capuzzo et al. 2018) ranging from zooplankton and fish to seabirds and marine mammals. Efficient monitoring of the phytoplankton community is there ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25762

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
LL

Lara Lloret

Insituto de Fisica de Cantabria - CSIC/UC


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm NZST
Castle D

2:20pm NZST

Mapping Marine Biodiversity: Using Open Source GIS Tools to Visualise and Extract Collection Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Wellington manages one of New Zealand’s Nationally Significant Taxonomic Collections and Databases. The NIWA Invertebrate Collection (NIC) maintains data for over 125,000 (and growing) marine invertebrate specimens from over 46,000 localities in New Zealand, the ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25787

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sadie Mills

Sadie Mills

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 7

2:20pm NZST

Unexpected Faults: Managing Entomology Collections through the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquakes
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
On 4 September 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Darfield, 40 kilometres west of Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake caused significant damage to land and buildings nearby, with damage extending to Christchurch city. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, causing extensive and significan ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27268

Moderators
Speakers
JW

John W. M. Marris

Entomology Research Collection, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University
CJ

Cor J. Vink

Canterbury Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 1

2:20pm NZST

Discovering New Fungal Species to Kick-Start a Passion for Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Our recent project supported through Unlocking Curious Minds funding from New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment enabled us to introduce school students to the fascinating, yet frequently forgotten, fungal kingdom. In this project, we demystified the science of species discovery. We collaborated with studen ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26085

Moderators
Speakers
MP

Mahajabeen Padamsee

Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Castle C

2:20pm NZST

W07: Identifiers as Mechanisms for Linking Archaeological Data across Repositories
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Zooarchaeological specimens are the remains of animals, including vertebrate and invertebrate taxa, recovered from, or in association with, archaeological contexts of deposition or surrounding landscapes. The physical scope of zooarchaeological specimens is diverse and includes macro- and micro-zooarchaeological specimens compos ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26471

Moderators
DH

Donald Hobern

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brenskelle

Laura Brenskelle

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Castle B

2:30pm NZST

S08: Avoiding Conflicting Assertions: Approaches to Developing Consistent Test Implementations.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
What is a provider (or consumer) of biodiversity data to think when one quality assessment tool asserts that a particular problem exists in their data, while a different tool asserts that this problem is not present? Is there a problem with their data? Is there a problem with one of the tools? The Biodiversity Data Quality Task ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25324

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Speakers
PJ

Paul J. Morris

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm NZST
Burns 2

2:30pm NZST

W14: Deep learning for plant identification: how the web can compete with human experts
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
Automated identification of plants and animals has improved considerably in the last few years, in particular thanks to the recent advances in deep learning. In order to evaluate the performance of automated plant identification technologies in a sustainable and repeatable way, a dedicated system-oriented benchmark was setup in ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25637

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
HG

Hervé Goëau

AMAP, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm NZST
Castle D

2:40pm NZST

Plants and People: How Plant Collections can Connect Artefacts and Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The identification of plant materials used to make artefacts is often problematic due to the changes made to them during processing into textiles, such as retting, dying and stripping. However, the ability to identify these plant materials can provide essential provenance information, as well as information about the lifeways an ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28278

Moderators
Speakers
CA

Catherine A Smith

University of Otago


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 7

2:40pm NZST

Planning for when Push Comes to Shove: Mitigating Risk; Recovering from Disaster.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Established in 1854, Museums Victoria manages and develops collections in the disciplines of natural sciences, indigenous cultures, and history and technology. The natural sciences component consists of about 17 million specimens across the disciplines of zoology, palaeontology, and geosciences. Over the past 7 years, Museums Vi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26126

Moderators
Speakers
DH

Dermot Henry

Museums Victoria


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 1

2:40pm NZST

Engaging Children with Herbarium Specimens at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Science Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Kew and Wakehurst Science Festivals consists of five days of activities over two weekends. Workshops and tours allow visitors to engage with the scientists and their research. We designed an interactive experience, so children could understand what a herbarium sheet is and the process of making one. The Herbarium accessions ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25933

Moderators
Speakers
MB

Melissa Bavington

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle C

2:40pm NZST

W07: Standardised Globally Unique Specimen Identifiers
Limited Capacity full

Abstract
A simple, permanent and reliable specimen identifier system is needed to take the informatics of collections into a new era of interoperability. A system of identifiers based on HTTP URI (Uniform Resource Identifiers), endorsed by the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF), has now been rolled out to 14 member organ ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26658

Moderators
DH

Donald Hobern

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Speakers
AG

Anton Güntsch

Freie Universität Berlin


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle B

2:45pm NZST

S08: An Integrated Data Quality System for Species Observations
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Species-level observational data comprise the largest and fastest-growing part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The largest single contributor of species observations is eBird, which so far has contributed more than 361 million records to GBIF. eBird engages a vast network of human observers (citizen-scien ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25395

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Speakers
SK

Steve Kelling

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 2

2:45pm NZST

W14: Deep Learning for Forest Species Identification Based on Macroscopic Images
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The fast and accurate identification of forest species is critical to support their sustainable management, to combat illegal logging, and ultimately to conserve them. Traditionally, the anatomical identification of forest species is a manual process that requires a human expert with a high level of knowledge to observe and diff ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25261

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Tuesday August 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle D

3:00pm NZST

S08: Data Quality in Data Exchanges: a Tri-Part Approach in the French Information System on Nature and Landscapes
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As part of the Biodiversity Information System on Nature and Landscapes (SINP), the French National Natural History Museum has been appointed to develop biodiversity data exchanges by the French ministry in charge of ecology. Given there are, quite literally, thousands of different sources, such a development brings into questio ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25176

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Speakers
RJ

Rémy Jomier

Natural History Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm NZST
Burns 2

3:00pm NZST

W14: A Pipeline for Deep Learning with Specimen Images in iDigBio - Applying and Generalizing an Examination of Mercury Use in Preparing Herbarium Specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
iDigBio Matsunaga et al. 2013 currently references over 22 million media files, and stores approximately 120 terabytes worth of those media files co-located with our compute infrastructure. Using these images for scientific research is a logistical and technical challenge. Transferring large numbers of images requires programmin ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25699

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
MC

Matthew Collins

Gainesville, United States of America


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm NZST
Castle D

3:00pm NZST

The Preservation of Two Leopard Seals (Hydruga leptonyx), Ten Years Apart
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Discussing the process from death to display for two significant Rāpoka, leopard seals, (Hydrurga leptonyx) undertaken as preservation projects by the Otago Museum. The first of these is a large female which died within the takiwa (district) of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki in 2008. This seal was significant in the sense tha ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26682

Moderators
Speakers
EB

Emma Burns

Otago Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 7

3:00pm NZST

Catching up with Archives – Disaster Preparedness and the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Berlin Museums
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Cultural property can be lost in an instant - when disaster strikes, museum objects, archival material and other heritage items are in high danger of being damaged or lost in great numbers. To mitigate the effects of fire, flooding, earthquakes or even war, preparation for these incidents are needed during "times of peace", to u ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26337

Moderators
Speakers
PG

Peter Giere

Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Inistitute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 1

3:00pm NZST

Turning a Recently-Donated Mineral Collection into a Multifaceted Learning Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Schultz Collection is a group of over 1500 display-quality minerals which was donated to the University of California, Riverside Earth Sciences Museum last year. The collector was very systematic in assembling it, emphasizing a breadth of taxonomy, crystal forms, and uniqueness. A broad sample of mineral classes are present. ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27073

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jess Miller-Camp

Jess Miller-Camp

University of California, Riverseide


Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Castle C

3:00pm NZST

W07: Options to Apply the IGSN Model to Biodiversity Data
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
For more than a decade, the biodiversity informatics community has recognised the importance of stable resolvable identifiers to enable unambiguous references to data objects and the associated concepts and entities, including museum/herbarium specimens and, more broadly, all records serving as evidence of species occurrence in ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27087

Moderators
DH

Donald Hobern

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Castle B

3:15pm NZST

S08: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm NZST
Burns 2

3:15pm NZST

W14: A Methodological Proposal for Collecting and Creating Macroscopic Photograph Collections of Tropical Woods with Potential for Use in Deep Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Costa Rica is one of the countries with highest species biodiversity density in the world. More than 2,000 tree species have already been identified, many of which are used in the building, furniture, and packaging industries (Grayum et al. 2003). This rich diversity makes the correct identification of tree species very difficul ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25260

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm NZST
Castle D

3:30pm NZST

Coffee Break
Tuesday August 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZST
The Link

4:00pm NZST

S08: Sample Management Across the National Ecological Observatory Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
From 81 study sites across the United States, the US National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), generates >75,000 samples per year. Samples range from soil and dust deposition material, tissue samples (e.g., small mammals and fish), DNA extracts, and whole organisms (e.g., ground beetles and ticks). Samples are collected, p ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25351

Moderators
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis

Speakers
avatar for Christine Laney

Christine Laney

Data Scientist, Battelle, National Ecological Observatory Network


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm NZST
Burns 2

4:00pm NZST

W14: Deep learning for weed identification based on seed images
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Reliable plant species identification from seeds is intrinsically difficult due to the scarcity of features and because it requires specialized expertise that is becoming increasingly rarer, as the number of field plant taxonomists is diminishing (Bacher 2012, Haas and Häuser 2005). On the other hand, seed identification is rele ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25749

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm NZST
Castle D

4:00pm NZST

The Importance of Museum Biomaterial Resources and Specimen Records for the Advancement of Zoological Research in Southern Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Durban Natural Science Museum (DNSM) Mammal Department was established in 1989. The Mammal Department is one of three zoological divisions and is the youngest and the most active collection within the institution. It is considered as one the fastest growing mammal collections in southern Africa and is comprised of 17,200 spe ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26350

Moderators
Speakers
ZM

Zamawelase Mwelase

Durban Natural Science Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 7

4:00pm NZST

Developing a GIS of Hazards for Canadian Cultural Institutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) has developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) of hazards for Canadian cultural heritage institutions. The greatly increased access to open data is changing how advisory bodies like the CCI and the public can access and share information. For the purpose of investigating how a GIS a ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26305

Moderators
avatar for JP Brown

JP Brown

Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum
JP is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago. He holds degrees in both Archaeological Conservation and Computer Science. He started working on 3D imaging of museum collections in 2006 and has been doing CT, laser scanning, and photogrammetry... Read More →

Speakers
TS

Tom Strang

Canadian Conservation Institute


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 1

4:00pm NZST

Project Paleo: Citizen Curation and Community Science at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The School and Teacher Programs of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have partnered with the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (LBTPM) and the Invertebrate Paleontology (LACMIP) collection to create two “citizen curation” exercises dubbed “Project Paleo”. Classroom kits were created with unsorted fossils from either LBP ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25980

Moderators
Speakers

Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Castle C

4:15pm NZST

S08: Georeferencing and data quality: SANBI’s story
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Georeferencing helps to fill in biodiversity information gaps, allowing biodiversity data to be represented spatially to allow for valuable assessments to be conducted. The South African National Biodiversity Institute has embarked on a number of projects that have required the georeferencing of biodiversity data to assist in as ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25310

Moderators
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis

Speakers
FR

Fhatani Ranwashe

South African National Biodiversity Institute


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm NZST
Burns 2

4:15pm NZST

W14: Technology Developments for Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Over the next 5 years major advances in the development and application of numerous technologies related to computing, mobile phones, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) will have a dramatic impact in biodiversity monitoring and conservation. Over a 2-week period several of us had the opportunity to meet wit ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25833

Moderators
EM

Erick Mata-Montero

Costa Rica Institute of Technology
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
SK

Steve Kelling

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm NZST
Castle D

4:20pm NZST

ALERT Lessons From A Biosecurity Disaster
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Managers of Australasian Herbarium Collections (MAHC) have been working with the Plant Import Operations Branch of the Australian government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) to align our procedures to significantly reduce the risk of herbarium specimens being destroyed when being imported into Australia. ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25941

Moderators
avatar for JP Brown

JP Brown

Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum
JP is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago. He holds degrees in both Archaeological Conservation and Computer Science. He started working on 3D imaging of museum collections in 2006 and has been doing CT, laser scanning, and photogrammetry... Read More →

Speakers
GB

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment & Science
JM

Josephine Milne

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Burns 1

4:20pm NZST

“Critter of the Week”: Wikipedia as a Museum Outreach Tool
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Many museums spend time and money fruitlessly competing with Wikipedia, creating online information resources and image galleries that will be mostly ignored, as Wikipedia is usually the highest ranked search result for any query. Wikimedia Commons can host searchable, downloadable images and Wikipedia can be easily edited by vo ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25798

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mike Dickison

Mike Dickison

Wikipedian at Large, Wikimedia Foundation
Former Curator of Natural History at Whanganui Regional Museum, I did my PhD on giant flightless birds but most work on NZ beetles these days. Recently on a one-year contract to work with institutions all over NZ and help them engage with Wikipedia.



Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Castle C

4:30pm NZST

S08: The Online Pollen Catalogs Network (RCPol) data quality assurance system
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Online Pollen Catalogs Network (RCPol) (http://rcpol.org.br) was conceived to promote interaction among researchers and the integration of data from pollen collections, herbaria and bee collections. In order to structure RCPol work, researchers and collaborators have organized information on Palynology in four branches: paly ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25657

Moderators
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis

Speakers
AK

Allan Koch Veiga

Universidade de São Paulo


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:30pm - 4:45pm NZST
Burns 2

4:40pm NZST

A New Method to Access Isotopic Signatures on Preserved Fish Specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Isotopic ecology has been widely used to understand spatial connectivity and trophic interactions in marine systems, but comparisons over long time periods are rare. Preserved specimens from museum collections are a potentially valuable source of tissue for isotope analyses, but isotopic signatures are known to be affected by fi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26597

Moderators
Speakers
SW

Steve Wing

Marine Science department – University of Otago


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 7

4:40pm NZST

Using Data From Index Herbariorum to Assess Threats to the World’s Herbaria
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
During the past few years, natural disasters, political or social unrest and institutional actions have imperiled herbaria. The question has been raised multiple times whether or not the data gathered about herbaria in Index Herbariorum could be used to predict which herbaria are at the greatest risk. Armed with such knowledge c ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26440

Moderators
avatar for JP Brown

JP Brown

Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum
JP is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago. He holds degrees in both Archaeological Conservation and Computer Science. He started working on 3D imaging of museum collections in 2006 and has been doing CT, laser scanning, and photogrammetry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Thiers

Barbara Thiers

Vice President and Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, The New York Botanical Garden
As Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, I am responsible for overseeing the Garden's 7.3 million collections of algae, bryophytes, fungi and vascular plants and the approximately 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium... Read More →


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 1

4:40pm NZST

Digital Construction Kit: 3D Computer Graphics for Creative and Accessible use of Museum Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
3D is already mainstream for consumers, from Animated movies, VFX, video games, VR, 3D printing to web integration, Facebook support and much more. 3D is also becoming mainstream from the users and creators perspective, as many schools and indeed whole countries integrate it into their core education systems. The Digital Constru ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26023

Moderators
Speakers
JF

Jiri Frank

National Museum


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Castle C

4:45pm NZST

S08: Whip: Communicate and Test What to Expect from Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The ability to communicate and assess the quality and fitness for use of data is crucial to ensure maximum utility and re-use. Data consumers have certain requirements for the data they seek and need to be able to check if a data set conforms with these requirements. Data publishers aim to provide data with the highest possible ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25317

Moderators
avatar for Lee Belbin

Lee Belbin

Scientific Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia
Data management, ecological data analysis

Speakers
PD

Peter Desmet

Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)


Tuesday August 28, 2018 4:45pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 2

5:00pm NZST

Global Genomic Resources for Biodiversity Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Genomic science is revolutionizing and accelerating biodiversity research. For collections-based institutions to continue to lead and support biodiversity research, they must adapt to this new reality. Simultaneously, “big data” is accumulating so rapidly that we have unprecedented capacity to plan strategically to use genomics ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28440

Moderators
Speakers
JC

Jonathan Coddington

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution


Tuesday August 28, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm NZST
Burns 7

5:00pm NZST

Adhesives and the Herbarium: International Survey and Application of the Results in Analysis of the Influence of Conservation Materials on DNA of Herbarium Specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In 2017 the author conducted an international survey among the conservators who have worked with herbaria collections, particularly paper conservators who treated historic herbaria. During the survey the author contacted 25 people from 9 countries. The participants were the conservators who either shared their experience through ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25583

Moderators
avatar for JP Brown

JP Brown

Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum
JP is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago. He holds degrees in both Archaeological Conservation and Computer Science. He started working on 3D imaging of museum collections in 2006 and has been doing CT, laser scanning, and photogrammetry... Read More →

Speakers
MG

Magdalena Grenda-Kurmanow

Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw


Tuesday August 28, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm NZST
Burns 1

5:00pm NZST

S08: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Tuesday August 28, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZST
Burns 2

5:30pm NZST

SPNHC Council Meeting
Moderators
LS

Linda S. Ford

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Tuesday August 28, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm NZST
Boardroom, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

6:30pm NZST

Quiz Night
Moderators
EB

Emma Burns

Otago Museum

Tuesday August 28, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm NZST
Lone Star 484 George Street, Dunedin, 9016
 
Wednesday, August 29
 

7:30am NZST

8:00am NZST

Specify Collections Consortium
Limited Capacity seats available

Open presentation about the Specify Collections Consortium with time for questions and open discussion.

Speakers
AB

Andrew Bentley

Ichthyology Collections Manager, University of Kansas
NK

Niels Klazenga

Biodiversity Informatics Developer, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria


Wednesday August 29, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am NZST
Burns 5
  Meeting

9:00am NZST

S06: Introduction to Science Powered by Informatics - The next steps
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:05am NZST
Burns 2

9:00am NZST

The Impact of Digitization and Digital Data Mobilization on Biodiversity Research and Outreach
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The first two decades of the 21st Century have seen a rapid rise in the creation, mobilization, research, and educational use of digital museum data, especially in the natural and biodiversity sciences. This has thrust natural history museums and especially the biodiversity specimen collections they hold into the forefront of bi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28470

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
RS

Randal Singer

Florida Museum/iDigBio


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am NZST
Burns 7

9:00am NZST

Earthquake Mitigation Solutions for Collections - Experience from New Zealand’s National Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on the Wellington waterfront, has been developing its earthquake resilience since it was first built. The reclaimed land was compacted before building started and the building was built on base isolators (steel, rubber and lead shock absorbers) which help the building move with earthq ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26598

Moderators
JC

Julian Carter

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Speakers
avatar for Antony Kusabs

Antony Kusabs

Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Sciences, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
I have been a Collection Manager at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, since 2010. I manage the Te Papa Herbarium (WELT). I enjoy improving Collection Management through better systems, storage, materials, and disaster preparedness. I have an extensive experience in botanical... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am NZST
Burns 1

9:00am NZST

Presentation Drop-off Room Open
Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Presentation Drop-off Room Castle Lecture Theatre Complex, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9019

9:00am NZST

Poster Display
Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 5:30pm NZST
The Link

9:05am NZST

S06: New Requirements of Biodiversity Research for Metadata on Models and Sensors on the Internet of Things and Big Data Era
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Important initiatives, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi targets, the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (and its Sustainable Development Goals) highlight the urgent need to stop the continuous and increasing loss of biodiversity. That requires an increase in the knowledge that wil ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25653

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Wilian França Costa

Wilian França Costa

Instituto Tecnológico Vale | Universidade de São Paulo | Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:05am - 9:20am NZST
Burns 2

9:20am NZST

S06: Current progress in the development of taxonomic and anatomical ontologies within the scope of BIOfid
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Specialized Information Service Biodiversity Research (BIOfid; http://biofid.de/) has recently been launched to mobilize valuable biodiversity data hidden in German print sources of the past 250 years. The partners involved in this project started digitisation of the literature corpus envisaged for the pilot stage and provid ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25585

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Speakers
MK

Markus Koch

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre | Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:20am - 9:35am NZST
Burns 2

9:20am NZST

Edifice Complex: Managing Risk During Construction
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As the museum building serves a critical role in preventive conservation, its maintenance and repair represent important measures to ensure the safekeeping of cultural heritage. Construction projects can be key to the long-term preservation of the building, and in turn advance the need for collection care, but the construction p ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26119

Moderators
JC

Julian Carter

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Hirsch

Jeffrey Hirsch

Architect/Engineer, EwingCole
Jeffrey Hirsch, AIA, LEED AP With over 25 years of experience as an architect, Jeff Hirsch serves as the Director of EwingCole’s Cultural practice. He oversees the design and development of all work and leads the planning of projects that involve large numbers of stakeholders and... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am NZST
Burns 1

9:20am NZST

Increasing the Research Value of Digitized Fossil Museum Specimens via Integrated Stable Isotope Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Over the past several decades, thousands of stable isotope analyses (δ13C, δ18O) published in the peer-reviewed literature have advanced understanding of ecology and evolution of fossil mammals in Deep Time. These analyses typically have come from sampling vouchered museum specimens. However, the individual stable isotope data a ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26567

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
SM

Sean Moran

University of Florida at Gainsville


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am NZST
Burns 7

9:35am NZST

S06: The Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management (eco-)System: Tools and Services for Extraction, Mobilization, Handling and Re-use of Data from the Published Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System (OBKMS) is an end-to-end, eXtensible Markup Language (XML)- and Linked Open Data (LOD)-based ecosystem of tools and services that encompasses the entire process of authoring, submission, review, publication, dissemination, and archiving of biodiversity literature, as well as the ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25748

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Teodor Georgiev

Teodor Georgiev

Technical Dirctor, Pensoft Publishers


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:35am - 9:50am NZST
Burns 2

9:40am NZST

Building the Beaty: Creating, Maintaining, and Growing a Publicly Accessible Biodiversity Museum Collection in the Pacific Ring of Fire
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Eight years from the grand opening of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum (BBM) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia and the museum is going strong. Having gone through many changes developing the procedures and policies that both protect and showcase its invaluable collections, the BBM is a perti ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26273

Moderators
JC

Julian Carter

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Speakers
CM

Christopher Matthew Stinson

University of British Columbia


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am NZST
Burns 1

9:40am NZST

Preparing the Next Generation of Data-Driven Scientists through the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education – Data Initiative (BLUE Data)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education - Data Initiative (BLUE Data) is a US National Science Foundation-funded Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology (RCN-UBE) working to generate community consensus around biodiversity data literacy skills. This diverse network brings together biodiversity, data, ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27162

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers

Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am NZST
Burns 7

9:50am NZST

S06: Published examples using the new Chronometric extension to Darwin Core
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The temporality of specimens is an often overlooked but quintessential part of using aggregated biodiversity occurrences for research, especially when millions of these occurrences exist in deep time. Presently in Darwin Core, there are terms for describing the geological context of specimens, which is needed for paleontological ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25694

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brenskelle

Laura Brenskelle

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:50am - 10:05am NZST
Burns 2

10:00am NZST

After the Fall
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
On November 17, 2016 in the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), one of the electrical compactor bays suffered a catastrophic failure of the electrical system resulting in the unit malfunctioning. All safety measures in the unit failed causing the collapse of 17 herbarium cases containing part o ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28075

Moderators
JC

Julian Carter

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Speakers
MS

Meghann S Toner

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History


Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am NZST
Burns 1

10:00am NZST

Tools and Techniques of Implementation Science to Support Wide-Spread Adoption of Biodiversity Literacy Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Implementation science boasts tools and techniques to increase the chances of adoption of best practices to a wide variety of users. Theoretical roots of implementation science are present in education, mental health and health services research. This talk will highlight the application of implementation science principles to th ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27160

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
ND

Natalie Douglas

Central Michigan University


Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am NZST
Burns 7

10:05am NZST

S06: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Abby Benson

Abby Benson

Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey
RG

Robert Guralnick

Vertnet | University of Florida | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:05am - 10:30am NZST
Burns 2

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
The Link

11:00am NZST

S02: Aggregation and Synthesis of Taxon Information in the Encyclopedia of Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
To improve access to biodiversity knowledge for diverse audiences, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) aggregates materials from hundreds of content providers. In addition to text, media, references, taxon names and hierarchies, traits and other structured data are an increasingly important component of EOL (TraitBank). Content prior ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25852

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
KS

Katja S Schulz

Smithsonian Institution


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am NZST
Burns 2

11:00am NZST

S13: Detecting and identifying ectomycorrhizal fungi in New Zealand silver beech (Lophozonia menziesii, Nothofagaceae) forest: a case study
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Adventitious roots in canopy soils associated with silver beech (Lophozonia menziesii (Hook.f.) Heenan & Smissen (Nothofagaceae)) form ectomycorrhizal associations. We used amplicon sequencing of the internal transcribed spacer 2 region to compare diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungal species in canopy and terrestrial sites. The s ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25982

Moderators
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Speakers
DA

David A Orlovich

University of Otago


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am NZST
Burns 5

11:00am NZST

Emerging Education Resources and Initiatives: Harnessing the Potential of Disciplinary Societies to advance Biodiversity literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Symposium “Completing the Data Pipeline: Collections Data Use in Research, Education and Outreach. The conference theme, Collections and Data in an Uncertain World, turns the spotlight on a number of opportunities that can advance the experience of undergraduate biology education. Today, millions of records from Natural History ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27176

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
TM

Teresa Mourad

Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Burns 7

11:00am NZST

Panel Discussion: Institutional Earthquakes and Recovery Experiences: Continuing to be Collections Stewards in an Uncertain World
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Animals, plants, minerals, fossils etc. in our collections are part of our cultural and natural heritage. Their sustainable preservation and care is part of our mission as natural history collections and our main task. This demand for long-term stability is in contrast to an increasingly dynamic environment. New technologies and ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26570

Moderators
Speakers
CR

Carol R. Butler

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History
CQ

Christiane Quaisser

Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Burns 1

11:00am NZST

W11: Workshop of the TDWG Data Quality Interest Group (pt 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The goal of the workshop is to present the advances and the status of the three Biodiversity Data Quality (BDQ) Task Groups (TG) of this Interest Group: TG1 - BDQ Framework, TG2 - BDQ Tests and Assertions, and TG3 - BDQ Use cases, as well as progress ... https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2018/sessions/W11

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle D

11:15am NZST

S02: A Content Management System and underlying models for avian taxonomic monographs
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Taxonomic monographs are a series of publications covering a higher taxonomic group with each monograph focusing on an individual species. They are a compendium of the current state of research and knowledge detailing many aspects of the species and are extensively used by researchers, ornithologists and conservationists to lear ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25693

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers

Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am NZST
Burns 2

11:15am NZST

S13: Microbes matter: integrating microbial sequence information for biodiversity
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The large efforts to document and map aboveground biodiversity have helped to elucidate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms and processes, predict responses to global change, and identify potential management options in response to those changes. Yet these concepts have mostly been applied to aboveground plant and animal comm ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26009

Moderators
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Speakers
KS

Kelly S Ramirez

Netherlands Institute of Ecology


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am NZST
Burns 5

11:20am NZST

Engaging K-12 Audiences with Biodiversity Data through Advancing Digitization for Biodiversity Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Natural history collections around the world are currently being digitized with the resulting data and associated media now shared online in aggregators such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio). These collections and their resources are accessible and discoverable thr ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26473

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
MP

Molly Phillips

University of Florida at Gainsville


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Burns 7

11:30am NZST

S02: Towards an Integrated Species Distribution Modelling Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) is working with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), Biodiversity Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) together with 2 state environment departments (New South Wales and Queensland) to develop a standard framework for modelling threatened species distributions f ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25165

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
TL

Tania Laity

Department of Environment and Energy


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am NZST
Burns 2

11:30am NZST

S13: Let me see your iD: Impacts of Environmental Stressors on Aquatic Ecosystems Assessed by (e)DNA Metabarcoding
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Traditionally, taxonomic characterisation of organisms has relied on their morphology; however, molecular methods are increasingly used to monitor and assess biodiversity and ecosystem health. Approaches such as DNA amplicon diversity assessments are a particularly useful tool when morphology-based taxonomy is difficult or taxa ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25983

Moderators
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Speakers
RK

Romana K Salis

University Duisburg-Essen


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am NZST
Burns 5

11:40am NZST

A Model for Creating Connections and Building Collections-Based Curricula for Pre-College Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Science is increasingly emphasized in high school classrooms and compliments current Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) educational initiatives. Successful educational programs and activities must now be aligned to state and national science standard ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27037

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
GH

Gabriela Hogue

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 7

11:45am NZST

S02: Descriptive Data Challenges for the World Flora Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The World Flora Online (WFO) is primarily a data management project initiated in 2012 in response to Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation – "To create an online flora of all known plants by 2020". A WFO Consortium has been formed of now 42 international partners with a governing Council and three Working Groups ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26731

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 2

11:45am NZST

S13: DNAqua-Net or how to navigate on the stormy waters of standards and legislations
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Several national and international environmental laws require countries to meet clearly defined targets with respect to the ecological status of aquatic ecosystems. In Europe, the EU-Water Framework Directive (WFD; 2000/60/EC) represents such a detailed piece of legislation. The WFD that requires the European member countries to ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25953

Moderators
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 5

12:00pm NZST

S02: The Online Pollen Catalogs Network (RCPol)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Aiming at promoting interaction among researchers and the integration of data from their pollen collections, herbaria and bee collections, RCPol was created in 2013. In order to structure RCPol work, researchers and collaborators have organized information on Palynology and trophic interactions between bees and plants. During th ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25658

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Speakers
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo


Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm NZST
Burns 2

12:00pm NZST

Broadening Participation in an Increasingly Digitized World
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Participation within digitized collections has shown boom, but diversity of participants has remained static. Traditionally, natural history collections were only utilized by researchers with access to the physical collections. With the advent of open source digitized specimens, whether through transcription of the original labe ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25972

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
JP

Jeanette Pirlo

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida


Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Burns 7

12:00pm NZST

S13: Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
PM

Patricia Mergen

Botanic Garden Meise | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm NZST
Burns 5

12:15pm NZST

S02: Comparison of species information TDWG standards from the point of view of the Plinian Core specification
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Species level information, as an important component of the biodiversity information landscape, is an area where some TDWG standards and activities, coincide. Plinian Core (Plinian Core Task Group 2018) is a generalistic specification that covers aspects such species descriptions and nomenclature, as well as many others (legal, ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25869

Moderators
CM

Chuck Miller

Missouri Botanical Garden
FP

Francisco Pando

Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC

Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm NZST
Burns 2

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG01: ABCD
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The TDWG Task Group, Access to Biological Collection Data (ABCD), bundles the activities related to further developing, promoting and communicating the ABCD standard. In this meeting we will highlight the recent developments related to ABCD and its Extension for Geosciences (EFG), give updates on ABCD 3.0 and discuss how to create synergies with the developments in other domain specific standards, e.g. Natural Collection Description (NCD).
Access to Biological Collection Data Task Group Meeting

Moderators
Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle B

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG05: Fundraising and Partners
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
TDWG FPFS will convene at the 2018 meeting in New Zealand to review work from the past year and to establish tasks for the upcoming year. Plans will include the identification and assessment of fundraising opportunities and strategic partnerships. The New Zealand joint meeting with SPNHC and the upcoming 2019 joint meeting alongside GBIF, CETAF and DISSCO are excellent examples of the types of partnerships that should be continued and pursued. Consultation with the Executive Committee and next steps (including finding a new Chair) will be on the agenda.
Fundraising and Partners Functional Subcommittee Meeting

Moderators
avatar for Constance Rinaldo

Constance Rinaldo

Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library & MCZ Archives, Harvard University

Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle D

12:30pm NZST

EMP Lunch
Speakers
EW

Elycia Wallis

Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO


Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
The Link

2:00pm NZST

Rescue of a Large Orphaned Herbarium Collection: Addressing the Security, Accessibility, and Repatriation of the NLU Herbarium
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In March of 2018, the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) chose to divest itself of the botanical, ichthyological, and herpetological collections that were part of the ULM Museum of Natural History. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) was selected as the recipient of the herbarium specimens (herbarium acronym: N ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26312

Moderators
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →

Speakers
TR

Tiana Rehman

Botanical Research Institute of Texas


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 1

2:00pm NZST

Adaptation of Darwin Core Standards and Development of New Standards for Geologic Specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Darwin Core data standard has rapidly become the go-to standard for biological and paleontological specimens. In order to accommodate all of the timescale data for paleontology specimens, standards for geologic age were developed and incorporated into Darwin Core. At the Sternberg Museum of Natural History (FHSM), digitizati ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25929

Moderators
Speakers
CB

Christina Byrd

Sternberg Museum of Natural History


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Castle C

2:00pm NZST

Expanding Core Capability in Digitisation by Sharing of Resources: the CSIRO Collections Program for Digitisation of Collection Specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Educational Materials Share Fair at SPNHC 2018 Given the high number of specimens present around the world in natural history museums, digitisation, or the transformation of specimens from the physical to digital, has become the collections community’s grand challenge. A team made up of volunteers and casual staff are human reso ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27246

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Fisher

Nicole Fisher

Digital Collections and Informatics, CSIRO, National Research Collections of Australia
A digitisation expert with the CSIRO's National Research Collections of Australia. Working to digitise CSIRO's 15 million biological specimens, mobilising them ready for research use once digitised.


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 7

2:00pm NZST

S07: A three-pronged strategy to improve trust in biodiversity data produced by citizen science programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The quality of data produced by citizen science (CS) programs has been called into question by academic scientists, governments, and corporations. Their doubts arise because they perceive CS groups as intruding on the rightful opportunities of standard science and industry organizations, because of a normal skepticism of novel a ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25838

Moderators
Speakers
RS

Robert Stevenson

University of Massachusetts


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Burns 2

2:00pm NZST

W05: Biodiversity: Local Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
A prevalent challenge to the uniform curation of biodiversity data is the extent to which individual initiatives can manage the production, organization, description, maintenance, and administration of digital assets in the long term. Funding agents have historically supported cutting-edge, niche projects that lacked long-term d ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28153

Moderators
RS

Rebecca Snyder

Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm NZST
Castle 2

2:00pm NZST

S14: Parasites are Particularly Problematic
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Although they are hyperdiverse and intensively studied, parasites present major challenges when it comes to phylogenetics, taxonomy, and biodiversity informatics. The collection of any parasitic organism entails the linking of at least two specimens - the parasite and the host. If the parasite has a complex life cycle, then this ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25604

Moderators
Speakers
SP

Susan Perkins

American Museum of Natural History


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm NZST
Burns 5

2:00pm NZST

W11: Workshop of the TDWG Data Quality Interest Group (pt 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The goal of the workshop is to present the advances and the status of the three Biodiversity Data Quality (BDQ) Task Groups (TG) of this Interest Group: TG1 - BDQ Framework, TG2 - BDQ Tests and Assertions, and TG3 - BDQ Use cases, as well as progress ... https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2018/sessions/W11

Moderators
avatar for Arthur D. Chapman

Arthur D. Chapman

Australian Biodiversity Information Services
Co-Convenor Data Quality Interest Group

Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm NZST
Castle D

2:20pm NZST

Size Doesn’t Matter: Fundamental Requirements in Relocating a Herbarium.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Relocating a natural history collection is a daunting prospect. Underpinning successful relocation is getting the fundamentals right. From the moment the seed of an idea for a new facility is planted, a raft of detailed planning and preparation issues emerge. Meticulous planning and management is essential, from initial design t ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25991

Moderators
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →

Speakers
FH

Frank Hemmings

John T. Waterhouse Herbarium, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 1

2:20pm NZST

Producing High-Quality 3-D Models for Specimen Research with the Creaform 3-D Scanner at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Digitization of natural history collections for specimen accessibility, research, and posterity has been a major push in museums over the past decade. One increasingly common form of specimen digitization is three-dimensional (3-D) surface scanning. There are numerous 3-D scanners on the market, including visible light and laser ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25908

Moderators
Speakers
ES

Edward Shelburne

Fort Hays State University


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Castle C

2:20pm NZST

The ePANDDA project: linking the Paleobiology Database, iDigBio, and iDigPaleo for biological and paleontological research, collections management, and outreach
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
There are several online paleontological resources that serve a diversity of needs: the Paleobiology Database (PaleoBioDB), a database of fossil occurrences built largely from the primary scientific literature; iDigBio, the national hub for neontological and paleontological specimen data; and iDigPaleo, a specimen-based website ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26644

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
JA

Jocelyn A. Sessa

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 7

2:20pm NZST

S07: BioCollect - A modern cloud application for standards-base field data recording
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Many organisations running citizen science projects don’t have access to or the knowledge or means to develop databases and apps for their projects. Some are also concerned about long-term data management and also how to make the data that they collect accessible and impactful in terms of scientific research, policy and manageme ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25439

Moderators
Speakers
PB

Peter Brenton

Atlas of Living Australia


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Burns 2

2:20pm NZST

W05: Collections Management and High-Throughput Digitization using Distributed Cyberinfrastructure Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Collections digitization relies increasingly upon computational and data management resources that occasionally exceed the capacity of natural history collections and their managers and curators. Digitization of many tens of thousands of micropaleontological specimen slides, as evidenced by the effort presented here by the India ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25643

Moderators
RS

Rebecca Snyder

Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Gary Motz

Gary Motz

Chief Information Officer, Assistant Director for Information Services, Indiana University | Indiana Geological and Water Survey
Gary is an earth scientist and curator of data, metadata, and natural history collections. In his role at the Indiana Geological and Water survey, he oversees the information services division which provides cartographic, information technology, cyberinfrastructure, data science... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm NZST
Castle B

2:30pm NZST

S14: Nurturing a sustainable Open Tree of Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Open Tree of Life project is a collaborative effort to synthesize, share and update a comprehensive tree of life Fig. 1. We have completed a draft synthesis of a tree summarizing digitally available taxonomic and phylogenetic knowledge for all 2.6 million named species, available at tree.opentreeoflife.org Hinchliff et al. 2 ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25727

Moderators
Speakers
EJ

Emily Jane McTavish

University of California


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm NZST
Burns 5

2:40pm NZST

Collections Management During a Major Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) embarked on a project to plan, build, and move into a new collections storage facility for its 4.3 million objects. The DMNS Zoology Collections, numbering over 1.25 specimens and specimen lots, chose to stay open for accessions, loans, visiting researchers, and outreach during the en ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26577

Moderators
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →

Speakers
JS

Jeff Stephenson

Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 1

2:40pm NZST

Kurator: Tools for Improving Fitness for Use of Biodiversity Data.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As curators of biodiversity data in natural science collections, we are deeply concerned with data quality, but quality is an elusive concept. An effective way to think about data quality is in terms of fitness for use (Veiga 2016). To use data to manage physical collections, the data must be able to accurately answer questions ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26539

Moderators
Speakers
PJ

Paul J. Morris

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle C

2:40pm NZST

Bringing Back the Buzzing of the Bees: Enhancing the Discovery of Fossil Insect Collections with the ePANDDA API
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The enhancing Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery API (ePANDDA) project (NSF ICER 1821039) has developed an application programming interface (API) to integrate online paleontological and neontological databases, including the Paleobiology Database, iDigBio, and iDigPaleo. This connectivity provides a synthetic reso ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26496

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
AJ

Austin J. Hendy

Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 7

2:40pm NZST

S07: A fork in the alphabet soup: DoeDat a multilingual crowdsourcing platform
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Specimen labels are written in numerous languages and accurate interpretation requires local knowledge of place names, vernacular names and people’s names. In many countries more than one language is in common usage. Belgium, for example, has three official languages. Crowdsourcing has helped many collections digitize their labe ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25148

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 2

2:40pm NZST

W05: Inter-institutional Training of Biodiversity Informatics Specialists
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
This presentation will outline the untapped potential of Information and Library Science (ILS) programs as an integral space for the long-term training and support of biodiversity informatics work. It will also outline the specific proposed steps taken at Indiana University, Bloomington (IU), to provide long-term, systematized t ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.27339

Moderators
RS

Rebecca Snyder

Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History

Speakers
avatar for Robert D. Montoya

Robert D. Montoya

Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science, Indiana University Bloomington
Robert D. Montoya is an Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. His research broadly examines how communities represent, organize, and share information with a focus on biodiversity informatics and data stud... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm NZST
Castle 2

2:45pm NZST

S14: Phenomap - Challenges and Successes in Bringing Together Multiple Data Projects to Build New Visualizations of Phenotypic Information and Specimen Records
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Connecting biodiversity data across databases is not as easy as one might think. Different databases use different identifiers and taxonomies and connecting these data often results in loss of information and precision. Here we present some of the challenges we faced with integrating multiple biodiversity data sets, including sp ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25698

Moderators
Speakers
MC

Matthew Collins

Gainesville, United States of America


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:00pm NZST
Burns 5

3:00pm NZST

S14: Parasitism in Eukaryota - Reconstruction of Ancestral and Unavailable Extant States
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Parasitism can be defined as an interaction between species in which one of the interaction partners, the parasite, lives in or on the other, the host. The parasite draws food from its host and harms it in the process. According to some estimates, over 40% of all eukaryotes are parasites. Nevertheless, it is difficult to obtain ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25739

Moderators
Speakers
LR

Lydia R. E. C. Buntrock

Institute for Biology, Molecular Parasitology, Humboldt University


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm NZST
Burns 5

3:00pm NZST

The Uncertainty of Space: Keeping Cool With a Shared Freezer
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Academic and heritage institutions worldwide use freezers to hold specimens, for a variety of stakeholders. At Otago Museum, the Natural Science freezer is utilised by a diverse range of organisations with widely differing end uses. As a repository for native species, Otago Museum accepts and stores specimens for possible additi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28311

Moderators
avatar for Nyssa Mildwaters

Nyssa Mildwaters

Conservation Manager, Otago Museum
I am currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. I earned my Ma/MSc from University College London, and prior to my current position worked at the Royal Armouries as a Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager, and at York Archaeological Trust as... Read More →

Speakers
CP

Cody Phillips

Otago Museum


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 1

3:00pm NZST

Putting your Finger upon the Simplest Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Over the past decades, digitization endeavors across many institutions holding natural history collections (NHCs) have multiplied with three broad aims: first, to facilitate collection management by moving existing analog catalogues into digital form; second, to efficiently document and inventory specimens in collections, includ ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26300

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Arturo H. Ariño

Arturo H. Ariño

Director, Dept. Environmental Biology, University of Navarra, Department of Environmental Biology


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Castle C

3:00pm NZST

Lessons Learned in the Creative and Entertainment Industry for User Engagement Applied to Museum Collections 3D Digitization Strategy.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Museums are places embedded in history, knowledge, exploration, science, art, inspiration and adventure, expressed through their collections, galleries and the passion of their employees/staff. However, are museums good at transforming what they have into something valuable and relevant for the audiences of today? Something that ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25712

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
JF

Jiri Frank

National Museum


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 7

3:00pm NZST

S07: Improving Data Quality in eBird- the Expert Reviewer Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
eBird is a global citizen science project that gathers observations of birds. The project has been making a considerable contribution to the collection and sharing of bird observations, even in the data-poorest countries, and is accelerating the accumulation of bird records globally. On 22 March 2018 eBird surpassed ½ billion bi ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25394

Moderators
Speakers
SK

Steve Kelling

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Burns 2

3:00pm NZST

W05: Establishing a New Framework for Paleontological Data Through an Evaluation of Current Data Sharing Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The long-term lifecycle management of natural history data requires careful planning. Elements that have a significant impact on this planning include data quality, domain-specific requirements, and data interoperability. Standards like Darwin Core Wieczorek et al. 2012 are built to be flexible, allowing institutions to share da ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25437

Moderators
RS

Rebecca Snyder

Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History

Speakers
HL

Holly Little

Smithsonian NMNH

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm NZST
Castle 2

3:15pm NZST

S14: Phylogeny Based Biodiversity Data Queries
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
There is a large amount of publicly available biodiversity data from many different data sources. When doing research, one ideally interacts with biodiversity data programmatically so their work is reproducible. The entry point to biodiversity data records is largely through taxonomic names, or common names in some cases (e.g., ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25589

Moderators
Speakers

Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm NZST
Burns 5

3:30pm NZST

Coffee Break
Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm NZST
The Link

4:00pm NZST

S14: Integrating Phylogenetics and Morphology to Study Diversification and Species Limits in Madagascar’s Tenrecs (Tenrecidae)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Madagascar is one of the world’s hottest biodiversity hotspots and a natural laboratory for evolutionary research. Tenrecs (Tenrecidae; 32 currently recognized species) – small placental mammals endemic to Madagascar – colonized the island >35 million years ago and have evolved a stunning range of behaviors and morphologies, inc ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25936

Moderators
Speakers
KM

Kathryn M Everson

University of Alaska Museum of the North


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm NZST
Burns 5

4:00pm NZST

Jar-by-Jar: Curation Improvements to the Herpetology Collection at CUMNH
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CUMNH) Herpetology Collection is comprised of over 65,000 fluid-preserved specimens representing over 2,500 taxa from more than 70 countries. Despite its active use, a history of irregular topping up schedules and a decades-long dearth in rehousing projects due to budgetary c ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25853

Moderators
DM

Danielle Measday

Museums Victoria

Speakers
EB

Emily Braker

Vertebrate Collections Manager, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 1

4:00pm NZST

Specimens, Databases, and Accession Books: Using TaxonWorks to Integrate Multiple Sources of Modern and Historical Data in the INHS Insect Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Grant-supported digitization projects over the past 20 years at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) have yielded over 1,000,000 occurrence records (representing over 2.7 million specimens), one of the most successful digitization efforts within the United States. However, receiving multiple grants at the cutting edge has ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25896

Moderators
KF

Kane Fleury

Otago Museum

Speakers
TM

Thomas McElrath

Illinois Natural History Survey

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Castle C

4:00pm NZST

Herbaria as Functional Trait Databases
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Although tropical rainforests play an important role in regulating the world’s climate, they are at the same time particularly vulnerable to changes in the climate. Intense and prolonged droughts, for instance, can lead to biomass loss which will further accelerate these changes. Especially for tree species it becomes problemati ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25766

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
SM

Sofie Meeus

Botanic Garden Meise


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 7

4:00pm NZST

S07: Improving Data Quality in Citizen Science Apps for Conservation Biology
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Field data collection by Citizen Scientists has been hugely assisted by the rapid development and spread of smart phones as well as apps that make use of the integrated technologies contained in these devices. We can improve the quality of the data by increasing utilisation of the device in-built sensors and improving the softwa ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26665

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alan Stenhouse

Alan Stenhouse

PhD Student, Centre for Applied Conservation Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide
Background as software developer, now attempting to develop Apps that may improve the data we get from Citizen Science conservation-related projects.


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm NZST
Burns 2

4:15pm NZST

S14: All the Clades in the World: Building a Semantically-Rich and Testable Ontology of Phylogenetic Clade Definitions
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Taxonomic names are ambiguous as identifiers of biodiversity data, as they refer to a particular concept of a taxon in an expert’s mind (Kennedy et al. 2005). This ambiguity is particularly problematic when attempting to reconcile taxonomic names from disparate sources with clades on a phylogeny. Currently, such reconciliation r ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25776

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gaurav Vaidya

Gaurav Vaidya

Semantic Web technologist, University of North Carolina


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm NZST
Burns 5

4:20pm NZST

From Thorne to APG IV: Reorganization of the Digital and Physical Collections of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Since the mid 1960’s, the combined herbaria of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden [RSA] and Pomona College [POM] have followed the classification system of Taxonomist and Curator, Dr. Robert F. Thorne (1920-2015). Thorne, whose research interests were largely centered on floristics and plant geography, is best known for his synopti ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25768

Moderators
DM

Danielle Measday

Museums Victoria

Speakers
MN

Mare Nazaire

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Burns 1

4:20pm NZST

A Workflow for Adding Specimen Metadata to Images Captured in the Field
Limited Capacity filling up

Abstract
Museum collections and their use is bolstered by supplying robust and comprehensive metadata and supplementary assets, such as genetic samples, methodology metadata, and images. In speaking with and working alongside scientists interested in using museum specimen data for addressing ecological questions, it has often been brough ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26247

Moderators
KF

Kane Fleury

Otago Museum

Speakers
RL

Richard Levy

Denver Botanic Gardens

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Castle C

4:20pm NZST

Natural History Collection Data: Traits to Identify Plant-Pollinator Interactions in a Spatial Context
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Natural history collections are of extreme importance as they safeguard data from both spatial and temporal sources. Biological collections store the biodiversity information of the majority of the world´s ecosystems, including data from extinct and threatened species. Worldwide, interactions betweens species perform important f ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25857

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
RC

Rafael Cabral Borges

Instituto Tecnológico Vale | Universidade Federal do Pará


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Burns 7

4:20pm NZST

S07: A Multi-platform Mobile Application to Collect Citizen Science Data for Bignoniaceae Phenological Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The implementation of Citizen Science in biodiversity studies has led the general public to engage in environmental actions and to contribute to the conservation of natural resources (Chandler et al. 2017). Smartphones have become part of the daily lives of millions of people, allowing the general public to collect data and cond ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25582

Moderators
Speakers
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm NZST
Burns 2

4:30pm NZST

S14: Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
EJ

Emily Jane McTavish

University of California

Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm NZST
Burns 5

4:40pm NZST

Reviving a Dormant Collection: Updating the Invertebrate Zoology Collection at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute for Future Use and Accessibility
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Invertebrate Zoology Collection at the University of Kansas (KU) Biodiversity Institute is one of KU’s smaller collections, with just over 2,000 lots. Its taxonomic strength are hexacorallians (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from across the globe. Holdings also include earthworms primarily from Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, as well ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26716

Moderators
DM

Danielle Measday

Museums Victoria

Speakers
VD

Vanessa Delnavaz

University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 1

4:40pm NZST

Dancing Tables: Digitizing 11,000 Film-based Slides in Ten Days
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
How long does it take to digitize 11,000 film-based slides? Converting film to a raster graphic may take a relatively short period of time, but what is needed to prepare for the process, and then once images are digitized, what work is required to push data out for public access? And how much does the entire conversion process c ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.28093

Moderators
KF

Kane Fleury

Otago Museum

Speakers
LP

Lisa Palmer

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Castle C

4:40pm NZST

FishfindR.net: A New Tool for Fish Biodiversity Collections Communication
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Promotion of collection importance is paramount in securing a future in research and outreach through the exposure of diverse stakeholders to the incredible resource of biological collections. One outlet to increase exposure to collections’ data is through data aggregation. Data aggregation allows for a wide array of research, e ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26220

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
RS

Randal Singer

Florida Museum/iDigBio


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 7

4:40pm NZST

S07: Automated Identification of Citizen Science Observations for Ecological Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Pl@ntNet is an international initiative which was the first one attempting to combine the force of citizens networks with automated identification tools based on machine learning technologies (Joly et al. 2014). Launched in 2009 by a consortium involving research institutes in computer sciences, ecology and agriculture, it was t ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25450

Moderators
Speakers
PB

Pierre Bonnet

AMAP, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD | UMR AMAP, CIRAD


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm NZST
Burns 2

5:00pm NZST

Managing a Mass Digitization Project at Meise Botanic Garden: From Start to Finish
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Mass digitization is a large undertaking for a collection. It is disruptive of routine and can challenge long-held practises. Having been through the procedure and survived, we feel we have a lot of experience to share with other institutions who are considering taking on this challenge. The changes that digitization has made to ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25912

Moderators
KF

Kane Fleury

Otago Museum

Speakers
HE

Henry Engledow

Meise Botanic Garden

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm NZST
Castle C

5:00pm NZST

S07: Supporting citizen scientists with automatic species identification using deep learning image recognition models
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Volunteers, researchers and citizen scientists are important contributors to observation and monitoring databases. Their contributions thus become part of a global digital data pool, that forms the basis for important and powerful tools for conservation, research, education and policy. With the data contributed by citizen scient ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25268

Moderators
Speakers
MS

Maarten Schermer

Naturalis Biodiversity Center


Wednesday August 29, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm NZST
Burns 2

5:00pm NZST

5:00pm NZST

Completing the Data Pipeline: Collections Data Use in Research, Education and Outreach
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Type of Submission: Symposium and Educational Share Fair Themes: Digitisation and Collections Data, Collections Access and Use, Education, and Science Communications Full Title: Completing the Data Pipeline: Collections Data Use in Research, Education and Outreach Short Title: Joint SCNet/BLUE/iDigBio Symposium at SPNHC 2018 Org ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26522

Moderators
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University

Speakers
MP

Molly Phillips

University of Florida at Gainsville


Wednesday August 29, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZST
Burns 7

6:00pm NZST

Sponsors' Cocktails
Wednesday August 29, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm NZST
Otago Museum
 
Thursday, August 30
 

7:30am NZST

9:00am NZST

S15: Role of species: traits, interactions and ecosystem services
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Understanding the role that species play in their environment is a fundamental goal of biodiversity research, bringing knowledge on ecosystem maintenance and in provision of ecosystem services. Different types of interaction that different species establish with their partners regulate the functioning of ecosystems (McCann 2007) ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25345

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
TC

Tereza Cristina Giannini

Instituto Tecnológico Vale

Sponsors

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am NZST
Castle 2

9:00am NZST

Join the Dots: assessing 80 million items at the Natural History Museum, London
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Collection needs are a challenge to communicate. Collection staff know the attributes of their collections, but other museum colleagues may not. In collections management, decisions of resource allocation may be made locally, rather than within the context of a larger organisational and strategic framework. The Natural History M ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26500

Moderators
CA

Catherine A Smith

University of Otago

Speakers
DG

Douglas G. D. Russell

Senior Curator, Natural History Museum


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am NZST
Burns 7

9:00am NZST

W16: Defining 21st Century Biodiversity Data Literacy Skills: A Roundtable Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
In this round table discussion, we specifically address the data literacy needs of museum staff curating collections data, academic researchers using collections data in various ‘-ologies’, educators using collections data to teach data skills, and undergraduate students preparing for careers in related fields. ... https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2018/sessions/W16

Moderators
Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am NZST
Castle D

9:00am NZST

Presentation Drop-off Room Open
Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm NZST
Presentation Drop-off Room Castle Lecture Theatre Complex, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9019

9:00am NZST

Poster Display
Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 5:30pm NZST
The Link

9:15am NZST

S15: Brazilian Network on Plant-Pollinator Interactions: an update on the initiative of a standard for plant-pollinator interactions data
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Brazilian Plant-Pollinator Interactions Network*1 (REBIPP) aims to develop scientific and teaching activities in plant-pollinator interaction. The main goals of the network are to: generate a diagnosis of plant-pollinator interactions in Brazil; integrate knowledge in pollination of natural, agricultural, urban and restored ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25343

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
AM

Antonio M. Saraiva

Universidade de São Paulo

Sponsors

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am NZST
Castle 2

9:20am NZST

Containing the Spirits: Lessons learned from the Management of Australasian Herbarium Wet Collections.
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Several herbaria in Australia and New Zealand have recently been required to implement changes to the way in which spirit (alcohol or wet) specimens are managed in their institutions in order to deal with various curatorial and staff health and safety challenges. We will present an overview of some of the key lessons learned fro ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26200

Moderators
CA

Catherine A Smith

University of Otago

Speakers
BC

Bronwyn Collins

Australian National Herbarium


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am NZST
Burns 7

9:30am NZST

S15: Building an OWL ontology with Xper3
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Xper3 (Vignes Lebbe et al. 2016) is a collaborative knowledge base publishing platform that, since its launch in november 2013, has been adopted by over 2 thousand users (Pinel et al. 2017). This is mainly due to its user friendly interface and the simplicity of its data model. The data are stored in MySQL Relational DBs, but th ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25614

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
RV

Régine Vignes-Lebbe

Institut Systématique Evolution Biodiversité (ISYEB), Sorbonne Université, MNHN, CNRS, EPHE

Sponsors

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am NZST
Castle 2

9:40am NZST

Preserving and Optimising a World-Class African Ornithological Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Durban Natural Science Museum houses a world-class collection of African bird study skins and other ornithological specimens including eggs, nests, skeletons, open wings and ethanol specimens. This presentation briefly outlines the value of these holdings. The bird study skins comprise the core of the collection and number n ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25705

Moderators
CA

Catherine A Smith

University of Otago

Speakers
MM

Mmatjie Mashao

Durban Natural Science Museum


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am NZST
Burns 7

9:45am NZST

S15: Towards an Essential Biodiversity Variable for Species Interactions
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Can Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) be developed to monitor changes in species interactions? That was the difficult question asked at the GLOBIS-B workshop in February, 2017 in which >50 experts participated. EBVs can be defined as harmonized measurements that allow us to inform policy about essential changes in biodiver ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25409

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Sponsors

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am NZST
Castle 2

10:00am NZST

S15: The Need of Species Distribution Models Metadata: Using Species Distribution Model to Address Decision Making on Climate Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Anthropogenic-induced climate change has already altered the conditions to which species have adapted locally, and consequently, shifts of occurrence areas have been previously reported (Chen et al. 2011). Anticipating the results of climate change is urgent, and using these results efficiently to guide decision-making can help ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25478

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
avatar for Wilian França Costa

Wilian França Costa

Instituto Tecnológico Vale | Universidade de São Paulo | Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie

Sponsors

Thursday August 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am NZST
Castle 2

10:00am NZST

Current State of Collections Management Strategies, Standards and Procedures in the Entomology Department at the Durban Natural Science Museum, South Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Durban Natural Science Museum (DNSM) is located in the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. Its entomology collection is one of three main collections at the museum. The collection consists of 141,000 dried specimens and encompasses 25 of the 29 known insect orders. Most of the specimens originate from Sou ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26289

Moderators
CA

Catherine A Smith

University of Otago

Speakers
NG

Natasha Govender

Durban Natural Science Museum, eThekwini Municipality


Thursday August 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am NZST
Burns 7

10:30am NZST

Coffee Break
Thursday August 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am NZST
The Link

11:00am NZST

Lions and Chickens: A specimen biography approach to unprovenanced natural history objects
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Taxidermy made for display is often considered less significant in museum research collections. This is because historical taxidermy material often becomes disassociated with key data and through the rigours of public display, end up in poor physical condition. However by tracing a specimen's biography as a living animal and fol ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25661

Moderators
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)

Speakers
BB

Belinda Bauer

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am NZST
Burns 2

11:00am NZST

S05: Global Genome Biodiversity Network – Infrastructure for genomic research
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Genomic research depends upon access to DNA or tissue collected and preserved according to high-quality standards. At present, the collections in most natural history museums do not sufficiently address these standards. In response to these challenges, natural history museums, culture collections, herbaria, botanical gardens and ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25289

Moderators
KB

Katharine Barker

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
GD

Gabriele Droege

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am NZST
Burns 5

11:00am NZST

Leveraging the Benefits of Open Data Services for Natural History Collection Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The value of data present in natural history collections for research and collection management cannot be overstated. Naturalis Biodiversity Center, home to one of the largest natural history collections in the world, completed a large-scale digitisation project resulting in the registration of more than 38 million objects, many ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25882

Moderators
Speakers
MS

Maarten Schermer

Naturalis Biodiversity Center


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Burns 7

11:00am NZST

Digitise This! Innovation in Digitisation Initiatives within Australasian Herbaria
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Significant progress has been made in the last 10 years towards provision of digital data and images of the more than 8.0 million specimens in Australian and New Zealand herbaria. Initial investments of equipment, funding for salaries and development of protocols, led by the Journal Storage (JSTOR) Global Plants Initiative (GPI) ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26077

Moderators
Speakers
DR

Dhahara Ranatunga

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Burns 1

11:00am NZST

W03: State of Digitisation and Gap Analysis Surveys
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Recent developments in digitisation technologies and equipment have enabled advances in the rate of natural history specimen digitisation. However Europe’s Natural History Collection Institutions are home to over one billion specimens and currently only a small fraction of these have been digitally catalogued with fewer imaged. ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25969

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
SP

Sarah Phillips

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am NZST
Castle B

11:00am NZST

Educational Share Fare
Limited Capacity seats available

In addition to the symposium, Completing the Data Pipeline: Collections Data Use in Research, Education and Outreach , we are holding a one hour roundtable “share fair” session for educational materials. This is an opportunity for participants to get feedback on education or outreach materials that are in development. This differs from the normal SPNHC DemoCamp in both format and focus. During the one hour time period, we will offer two rounds of ten presentations simultaneously. Each presenter will be set up at a round table and be given 25 minutes to present their materials and collect feedback and generate discussion with the participants that sit at their table. These are intended as informal sessions so no AV will be provided, but presenters can bring a laptop and copies of any of their materials to share. Depending on turnout, we could offer 20 unique presentations or repeat the 10 presentation in both sessions to allow participants to give feedback to multiple presenters. We will advertise the share fair broadly through various listservs to generate presenters and participants.

Speakers
AM

Anna Monfils

Central Michigan University
TM

Teresa Mourad

Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC
MP

Molly Phillips

University of Florida at Gainsville


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm NZST
Castle D

11:15am NZST

Modelling Biodiversity Linked Data: Pragmatism May Narrow Future Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
As the biodiversity community increasingly adopts Semantic Web (SW) standards to represent taxonomic registers, trait banks or museum collections, some questions come up relentlessly: How to model the data? For what goals? Can the same model fulfill different goals? So far, the community has mostly considered the SW standards th ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26235

Moderators
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)

Speakers
OG

Olivier Gargominy

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
avatar for Franck Michel

Franck Michel

Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Inria, I3S


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am NZST
Burns 2

11:15am NZST

S05: GGBN Data Portal, GGBN Data Standard and GGBN Document Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The GGBN Data Standard (https://terms.tdwg.org/wiki/GGBN_Data_Standard) provides a platform based on a documented agreement to promote the efficient sharing and usage of genomic sample material and associated specimen information in a consistent way. It builds upon existing standards commonly used within the community extending ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25282

Moderators
KB

Katharine Barker

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
GD

Gabriele Droege

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Thursday August 30, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am NZST
Burns 5

11:20am NZST

Advancing Collections Management with the Netherlands Biodiversity Data Services
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
By the summer of 2015 Naturalis Biodiversity Center had come to the end of a five-year digitization programme that aimed at digitally disclosing the entire collection of, at the time, 38 million objects. The result was a vast amount of collections data being made available to researchers, collection managers and the public. In o ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25746

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Max Caspers

Max Caspers

Insect collection manager, Naturalis Biodiversity Center


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Burns 7

11:20am NZST

"Look what they've done to our data!" — How Aggregators Change Data Items in Collection Records
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Aggregators such as the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) have recently been criticised for imposing "backbone taxonomies" on records provided by museums, herbaria and other sources. Taxon names may be changed to suit the backbone, with the result that the taxon rank of the r ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25906

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday August 30, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Burns 1

11:20am NZST

W03: An Evaluation of In-house versus Out-sourced Data Capture at the Meise Botanic Garden (BR)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
There are many ways to capture data from herbarium specimen labels. Here we compare the results of in-house verses out-sourced data transcription with the aim of evaluating the pros and cons of each approach and guiding future projects that want to do the same. In 2014 Meise Botanic Garden (BR) embarked on a mass digitization pr ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26514

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
HE

Henry Engledow

Meise Botanic Garden


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am NZST
Castle B

11:30am NZST

Biodiversity Information Services: A (not-so-) little knowledge that acts
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Standards set up by Biodiversity Information Standards-Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG), initially developed as a way to share taxonomical data, greatly facilitated the establishment of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as the largest index to digitally-accessible primary biodiversity information record ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25738

Moderators
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)

Speakers
avatar for Arturo H. Ariño

Arturo H. Ariño

Director, Dept. Environmental Biology, University of Navarra, Department of Environmental Biology


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am NZST
Burns 2

11:30am NZST

S05: Establishment of the ARCTOS-GGBN Data Pipeline
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Arctos (https://arctosdb.org), an online collection management information system, was developed in 1999 to manage museum specimen data and to make those data publicly available. The portal (arctos.database.museum) now serves data on over 3.5 million cataloged specimens from more than 130 collections throughout North America in ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25525

Moderators
KB

Katharine Barker

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
GD

Gabriele Droege

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Speakers
TJ

Teresa Jegelewicz Mayfield

Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico | University of Texas at El Paso Biodiversity Collections


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am NZST
Burns 5

11:40am NZST

A Rapid Method for an Initial Registration of a Large Entomology Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
One of the key goals in museums is to register their collections. Ideally to register to a database everything known about each object. In natural history a typical dataset would include identification, date of collection, collector, location of collection, perhaps date of donation, identification history and name and date of wh ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26684

Moderators
Speakers
PL

Peter Lillywhite

Museums Victoria


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 7

11:40am NZST

Novel Services in DiSSCo: The Research Infrastructure for Europe’s Natural Science Collections
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
DiSSCo, a Distributed System of Scientific Collections, is a Research Infrastructure (RI) with 114 self-sustaining partners in Europe aiming at providing physical and digital (data) access to the approximately 1.5 billion biological and geological specimens in collections distributed across Europe. It is a facility to generate a ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26139

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Wouter Addink

Wouter Addink

Coordinator Research Data and e-Infrastructures, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
TDWG regional representative for Europe, Member of the DiSSCo coordination team , vice chair of GBIF Nodes, GBIF node manager for Species 2000 (Catalogue of Life) and Naturalis.


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 1

11:40am NZST

W03: Service-based information extraction from herbarium specimens
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
On herbarium sheets, data elements such as plant name, collection site, collector, barcode and accession number are found mostly on labels glued to the sheet. The data are thus visible on specimen images. With continuously improving technologies for collection mass-digitisation it has become easier and easier to produce high qua ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25415

Moderators
avatar for Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Speakers
FR

Fabian Reimeier

Freie Universität Berlin


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm NZST
Castle B

11:45am NZST

Leveraging Industry Visualization Tools for Biodiversity Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Widespread technology usage has resulted in a deluge of data that is not limited to scientific domains. For example, technology companies accumulate vast amounts of data on their users to support their applications and platforms. The participation of many domains in big data collection, data analysis and visualization, and the n ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25842

Moderators
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)

Speakers
JP

Jocelyn Pender

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 2

11:45am NZST

S05: Management and GGBN publishing of tissue and DNA extract data through Specify software
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Due to the recent establishment of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) data portal, we have extended Specify collections management software (http://www.sustain.specifysoftware.org/) to more effectively manage, publish, and integrate tissue and DNA extract data by adding support for the GGBN data schema. Specify’s data ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26749

Moderators
KB

Katharine Barker

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
GD

Gabriele Droege

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Speakers
AB

Andrew Bentley

Ichthyology Collections Manager, University of Kansas


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm NZST
Burns 5

12:00pm NZST

TaxonWorks
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
TaxonWorks (http://taxonworks.org) is an integrated workbench for taxonomists and biodiversity scientists. It is designed to capture, organize, and enrich data, share and refine it with collaborators, and package it for analysis and publication. It is based on PostgreSQL (database) and the Ruby-on-Rails programming language and ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25560

Moderators
avatar for Gail Kampmeier

Gail Kampmeier

Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, Univ of Illinois
Entomologist; Code of Conduct Committee member; TDWG Program Co-Chair; Editor-in-Chief, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS)

Speakers
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Dmitry A. Dmitriev

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Natural History Survey


Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm NZST
Burns 2

12:00pm NZST

S05: Planning for Field Based Biological Sample Collection: Using the Genomic Observatories Metadatabase Project Interface
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Genomic Observatories Metadatabase (GeOMe, http://www.geome-db.org/) is an open access repository for geographic and ecological metadata associated with biosamples and genetic data. It contributes to the informatics stack – Biocode Commons – of the Genomic Observatories Network (https://gigascience.biomedcentral.com/articles ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25651

Moderators
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Katharine Barker

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
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Gabriele Droege

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Speakers
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John Deck

University of California at Berkeley


Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm NZST
Burns 5

12:00pm NZST

Managers of Australasian Herbarium Collections (MAHC): A MARK of Curation Excellence
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Managers of Australasian Herbarium Collections (MAHC) is a sub-committee of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) and provides advice and recommendations pertaining to the management of herbarium collections. It was formed in 2009 based initially on Australian herbaria, and later incorporated New Zealand herbaria. ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.26283

Moderators
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Peter Jobson

Northern Territory Herbarium


Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Burns 7

12:00pm NZST

Using Deep Learning in Collection Management to Reduce the Taxonomist’s Workload
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The completeness and quality of the information in natural history museum collections is essential to support its use, such as in collection management. Currently, the accuracy of the taxonomic information largely depends on expert provided metadata, such as species identification. At present an increase in the use of digitizati ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25917

Moderators
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Maarten Schermer

Naturalis Biodiversity Center


Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Burns 1

12:00pm NZST

W03: Crowdsourcing, is it a good option for your collection digitization?
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Globally there are a number of citizen science portals to support digitisation of biodiversity collections. Digitisation not only involves imaging of the specimen itself, but also includes the digital transcription of label and ledger data, georeferencing and linking to other digital resources. Making use of the skills and enthu ... https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.2.25410

Moderators
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Quentin Groom

Botanic Garden Meise

Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm NZST
Castle B

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG03: Audubon Core
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Audubon Core Maintenance Group is responsible for managing the TDWG Audubon Core multimedia vocabulary standard as required by the TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification (VMS). As described in section 2.3 of the VMS, a part of that responsibility is to conduct an annual review of open issues related to the vocabulary. This meeting will serve as that annual review. Although the meeting is open to anyone (including remote participants), it is primarily a business meeting and is not intended to educate people about the vocabulary. A separate, informative Audubon Core workshop has been scheduled to provide a venue for more open-ended discussion.
Audubon Core Maintenance Group Meeting

Moderators
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Steve Baskauf

Data Science and Data Curation Specialist, Vanderbilt University, Digital Scholarship and Communications
In addition to my current work at the Vanderbilt Libraries, I'm a former 30 year science educator. I'm an active participant in Biodiversity Information Standards (also known as TDWG), where I serve as chair of the Technical Architecture Group and on the Executive Committee. I've... Read More →

Thursday August 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle B

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG04: Joint RDA/TDWG
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
Research collections are an important tool for understanding the Earth, its systems, and human interaction. Despite the importance of collections, many are not maintained or curated as thoroughly as they should. Part of the reason for this is the lack of professional reward for curatorial actions. The goal of this IG is to develop recommendations for an attribution data schema that can make getting credit for curation, maintenance, and digitization of a collection as easy as getting credit for a publication. During this session, we will discuss recommendations this group made to the Research Data Alliance last March and present the current progress of this joint group. We will also discuss specifically what these recommendations mean for TDWG and ways to move forward. Attribution

Moderators
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Anne Thessen

Research Faculty, The Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, The Data Detektiv
I am passionate about data integration and semantic technology!

Thursday August 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle D

12:30pm NZST

IG-TG07: Outreach
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract
The Outreach and Communications Functional Subcommittee meeting will take stock of the activities done so far and will discuss strategy for activities and targets for the following year. We would like all members interested in outreach to attend the meeting and would like to constitute a working group with members who can contribute and take responsibilities spelled out in the Charter
Outreach and Communications Functional Subcommittee Meeting

Moderators
Thursday August 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
Castle B

12:30pm NZST

Lunch Break
Thursday August 30, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm NZST
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