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Paleocollections Meeting. Judith E. Skog Biological Sciences Directorate Emerging Frontiers Division H. Richard Lane Geological Sciences Directorate Earth Systems Science. Collections Digitization at NSF. Development of the ADBC program Needs defined Community strategic plan

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paleocollections meeting
Paleocollections Meeting

Judith E. Skog

Biological Sciences Directorate

Emerging Frontiers Division

H. Richard Lane

Geological Sciences Directorate

Earth Systems Science

collections digitization at nsf
Collections Digitization at NSF
  • Development of the ADBC program
    • Needs defined
    • Community strategic plan
    • NSF program based on policies and gaps
  • GEO joined in effort this year
    • Meets some of EarthCube goals
  • Need rationale for paleo integration
defining the need
Defining the Need

Reports from the Federal Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections and a survey by NSF of nonfederal collections cited need for ‘dark data’ in collections to be accessible for research broadly. Online accessibility critical.

needed for biodiversity-based studies as baseline

understand gaps in knowledge

proper validation of species

ancillary data such as SEM photos, DNA samples and environment/habitat information

result from the focus group
Result from the Focus Group
  • Strategic plan for digitizing, imaging, mobilizing collections data for the non-federal collections in the USA completed June 2010
    • Need a central organization for integration
    • Need for thematic networks based on research area
    • Need for regional groups or clade based groups
    • Assess need for new tools and technologies
    • At the core are the collections
nsf program
NSF Program
  • Community plan outlined program goals
  • NSF assessed programs to see what was available
    • Individual collections and regional or clade based activities supported through Collections Improvements program
    • Tools supported through informatics and instrumentation programs
  • Two items in plan had no place for funding
    • The Central coordinating resource for digitization projects
    • Digitization based on research challenges
new nsf strategic plan
New NSF Strategic Plan
  • Transform the frontiers emphasizes the seamlessintegration of research and education as well as the close coupling of research infrastructure and discovery.
division of emerging frontiers
Division of Emerging Frontiers
  • Division devoted to innovative , multidisciplinary projects
  • Virtual division – works across boundaries and incubates activities
  • Encourages synergy between disciplines
  •  Promotes networking activities for 21st Century Biology
adbc program
ADBC program
  • Set up an integrative national resource
  • Focus on digitizing existing specimens into a network
  • Emphasize innovative ways to increase efficiency and cut costs
  • Rationale to inform grand challenge research questions through projects
next steps workshop
Next Steps - Workshop
  • Innovate – think outside the standard approaches and think strategically and broadly
  • Integrate – look to big data issues, metadata, international activities – and think about other sources of funding beyond GEO and beyond NSF
  • Inquire – what are the grand challenges facing science, how does paleo play a role in the answers, and why are collections critical for these studies