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Re:Sourcing Primary Materials: Notes from A Workshop

Last week, we both attended a workshop on Primary Source Material digitization organized by iDigBio, where we had some great, truly interdisciplinary conversations with folks like Rusty Russell over at the Field Book Project, Ben Brumfield at From The Page, … Continue reading

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How is finding a consensus among citizen science transcriptions like aligning gene sequences AND textual analysis of medieval codices? Part 2

(cross-posted at SciStarter) In our last post, we went through the mechanics of how to find consensus from a set of independently created transcriptions by citizen scientists — this involved a mash-up of bioinformatics tools for sequence alignment (repurposed for … Continue reading

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How is finding a consensus among citizen science transcriptions like aligning gene sequences AND textual analysis of medieval codices? Part 1

We’ve always been interested in citizen science approaches to the digitization of museum labels and ledgers, even before there were tools out there to do it. But now, projects such as Notes from Nature (NfN; notesfromnature.org) haven’t just built the … Continue reading

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Data Diversity of the Week: Sex

SYTYCD would like to welcome guest blogger, John Wieczorek (also known as Tuco) Data aggregators such as VertNet and GBIF work with data publishers (such as museums and research stations) to share their data in common formats.  We’ve been talking … Continue reading

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What gets linked to global unique identifiers (GUIDs) in natural history collections digitization?

Co-written with David Bloom. For as long as explorers have been collecting specimens and bringing them back to museums, collection managers and museum staff have been assigning unique (well, more or less unique, with a margin for human error) numbers … Continue reading

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Where do the digital humanities and eScience intersect? — Crosspost with VertNet

This special post was co-written with David Bloom, VertNet Coordinator and crossposted (with some minor mods) at the Vertnet Blog.   First and foremost, digitization of natural history collections and tools to make these digitized records available, such as VertNet, support … Continue reading

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Zombies versus Unicorns at TDWG (or, a recap of citizen science talks)

So You Think You Can Digitize was in the Big Easy for TDWG 2011 last week. Summarizing the whole meeting is best left for friends Nico and Gaurav, who have longer attention spans than us. Nor should you miss the … Continue reading

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