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Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio)

Title: Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio): The Biocollections Community's Citizen-Science Space on the Calendar.
Name(s): Ellwood, Elizabeth R, author
Kimberly, Paul, author
Guralnick, Robert, author
Flemons, Paul, author
Love, Kevin, author
Ellis, Shari, author
Allen, Julie M, author
Best, Jason H, author
Carter, Richard, author
Chagnoux, Simon, author
Costello, Robert, author
Denslow, Michael W, author
Dunckel, Betty A, author
Ferriter, Meghan M, author
Gilbert, Edward E, author
Goforth, Christine, author
Groom, Quentin, author
Krimmel, Erica R, author
LaFrance, Raphael, author
Martinec, Joann Lacey, author
Miller, Andrew N, author
Minnaert-Grote, Jamie, author
Nash, Thomas, author
Oboyski, Peter, author
Paul, Deborah L, author
Pearson, Katelin D, author
Pentcheff, N Dean, author
Roberts, Mari A, author
Seltzer, Carrie E, author
Soltis, Pamela S, author
Stephens, Rhiannon, author
Sweeney, Patrick W, author
von Konrat, Matt, author
Wall, Adam, author
Wetzer, Regina, author
Zimmerman, Charles, author
Mast, Austin R, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2018-02-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The digitization of biocollections is a critical task with direct implications for the global community who use the data for research and education. Recent innovations to involve citizen scientists in digitization increase awareness of the value of biodiversity specimens; advance science, technology, engineering, and math literacy; and build sustainability for digitization. In support of these activities, we launched the first global citizen-science event focused on the digitization of biodiversity specimens: Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio). During the inaugural 2015 event, 21 sites hosted events where citizen scientists transcribed specimen labels via online platforms (DigiVol, Les Herbonautes, Notes from Nature, the Smithsonian Institution's Transcription Center, and Symbiota). Many citizen scientists also contributed off-site. In total, thousands of citizen scientists around the world completed over 50,000 transcription tasks. Here, we present the process of organizing an international citizen-science event, an analysis of the event's effectiveness, and future directions-content now foundational to the growing WeDigBio event.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_29599548 (IID), 10.1093/biosci/bix143 (DOI), PMC5862351 (PMCID), 29599548 (RID), 29599548 (EID), bix143 (PII)
Keywords: Biodiversity informatics, Biodiversity research collections, Citizen science, Crowdsourcing, Natural history collections
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Bioscience.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 68

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Ellwood, E. R., Kimberly, P., Guralnick, R., Flemons, P., Love, K., Ellis, S., … Mast, A. R. (2018). Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio): The Biocollections Community's Citizen-Science Space on the Calendar. Bioscience. Retrieved from