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About Rob

Three "B's" of importance: biodiversity, bikes and bunnies. I get to express these "B's" in neat ways --- I bike to a job at the University of Florida where I am an Associate Curator of Biodiversity Informatics. Along with caretaking collections, I also have a small zoo at home, filled with two disapproving bunnies.

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; 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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Field Notes Challenge Part 3: New Year’s Digital Resolutions

“Resolution” is a word with many meanings. It can refer to the granularity of a digital image, or the solution to a problem, or a firm decision to do or not do something.  The Carefree Cogitation Coalition here at So … Continue reading

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An Ode to Founders and a Field Notes Challenge: Part 1

Junius Henderson was the founder and first curator of the University of Colorado (CU) Museum of Natural History where Rob works.  Because Rob is the Invertebrate Curator of Zoology, and his training is in malacology (not “bad ecology” or “evil” … 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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Old Weather’s Crowd and the Challenge of Digitization

Quick recap:  Last time around, we talked about a confluence of drawers.  At every digitization meeting we’ve attended, there is a pall of gloom whenever discussion turns to digitizing things like entomological collections: drawers dense with delicate specimens that ever-so-inconveniently … Continue reading

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