Krishtalka to Lead GBIF International Team Dedicated to Digitizing Collections

Sunday, March 15, 2015

cleared and stained fish

Biodiversity Institute director Leonard Krishtalka has been named chair of a team of international experts who are charged with accelerating the discovery of and access to information about the world’s undigitized specimen collections. Convened by GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility), the task force on accelerating the discovery of bio-collections data will start by defining the essential information needed about various types of collections. This ‘metadata’ will describe the contents of each collection and help data holders to assess and prioritize their digitization activities. The task force, which includes members from the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Benin, France and Japan, will develop a strategy and an action plan through consultations with experts from other institutions, digitization initiatives and projects as well as potential funders. It also expects to share guidance on mobilizing metadata while documenting successful business models.

In addition to Krishtalka, the task force includes:
Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden (United States)
Deborah Paul, iDigBio, Florida State University (United States)
Eduardo Dalcin, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Ian Owens, Natural History Museum, London (United Kingdom)
Jean Ganglo, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Marc Pignal, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (France)
Masanori Nakae, National Museum of Nature and Science (Japan)

Source: GBIF

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