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Roles and g oals

Roles and Goals

Greg Riccardi

Idigbio people
iDigBio People

  • University of Florida

    • Larry Page, Jose Fortes, Pamela Soltis, Bruce McFadden, Renato Figueiredo, Reed Beaman, Andrea Matsunaga, Alex Thompson, Matthew Collins, Jason Grabon, Shari Ellis, Kevin Love, Betty Dunkel, Kate Rachwal, Cathleen Bester

  • Florida State University

    • Greg Riccardi, Austin Mast, Marcia Mardis, Gil Nelson, Casey McLaughlin, Deb Paul, Guillaume Jimenez

Mandate and responsibility
Mandate and Responsibility

  • Provide portal access to collection information

    • Make information available and discoverable

    • Metadata and images

  • Enable digitization and research

    • Facilitate digitization workflows

    • Oversee implementation of standards and best practices for digitization

  • Be a client of digitization projects

    • Actively seek partners and data sources

    • Respond to cyberinfrastructure needs

  • Engage communities

    • Collections

    • Research

    • Citizen science and education

  • Support ADBC goals

    • Access to information

    • Support for collections

Some vision stuff
Some Vision Stuff

  • Collection Information is completely available!

    • Engage, enable, ensure!

  • iDigBio infrastructure works flawlessly

    • Digitization technology and workflows

    • Movement of information into collections cloud

    • Portal for discovery and sharing

  • TCNs are successful

    • Successful operation of each TCN

    • Effective sharing among TCNs

    • Collaborative communities

    • Evaluation of effectiveness of digitization activities

  • Broader community is engaged and served

  • From Judy “Work beyond our comfort zone”

Ci stakeholders
CI Stakeholders




Amazon Turk



Amazon WS








Microsoft Azure

Data Conservancy



Imaging services



Data quality








Why not use gbif
Why Not Use GBIF?

  • We will be extending the GBIF capabilities

    • Full record-level information discovery and delivery

    • Metadata harvesting protocols

    • GUID per record with persistence

    • Attribution metadata with all data records

    • Media information alaAudubon Core

    • Bi-directional portal

      • Feed back from data users to providers (e.g. data quality)

      • Usage analytics

      • Attribution to providers from analysis

      • Annotation management

    • Active repository technology

      • Cloud computing infrastructure

  • We will be a GBIF cyber infrastructure partner

    • E.g. IPT extension for Audubon Core

    • Darwin Core Archive delivery of query results

Engaging community
Engaging Community

  • Solicit partners

    • Information providers

    • Tool providers

    • Current needs assessment from TCNs

  • Cyberinfrastructure toolbox

    • Determine tool needs from partners

    • Acquire tools from projects and

    • Create installable, interoperable appliances from tools

  • Sample tools

    • Specify as a consistent resource within communities

    • Morphbank image repository

    • Vertnet search engine

    • Atrium biodiversity information system

    • GBIF information provider toolkit (IPT)

    • Silver Biology tools for digitization and management

Support for digitization projects
Support for Digitization Projects

  • Advocate standard practices in digitization

  • Use metadata standards

  • Provide taxon name services

  • Participate in workflow development

  • Share digitization practices across domains

  • Hold workshops for education and sharing

  • Enable and encourage social networking and collaboration

  • Enhance and develop tools

    • Seek additional funding

Education and outreach
Education and Outreach

  • Advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning

  • Courses, course materials, seminars and workshops developed as models

  • Include and mentor students and professionals

  • iDigBio graduate seminars, TCN workshops

  • Broaden participation of underrepresented groups

  • Enhance infrastructure for research and education

    • Go to” place for discovery and understanding of biological diversity

Research use cases
Research Use Cases

  • Sample research questions

    • How are species distributed in geographical and ecological space?

    • What is the history of life on Earth?

    • What factors lead to speciation, dispersal, and extinction?

    • What are the impacts of climate change likely to be?

    • What information is needed for effective conservation strategies?

  • Opportunities to Link Collections with

    • Evolution, Ecology, Paleobiology, Genomics, Living Collections


  • Engage community to determine needs and capabilities

  • Provide basic cyber infrastructure and information portal

  • Interact with TCNs and other digitization projects to promote

    • Data standards

    • Best practices for digitization

  • Enable research applications

    • Provideinformation access

    • Provide APIs for analysis tools

    • Feedback information to providers

  • Lead education and outreach efforts

  • Respond to community