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Natural history collections hold enormous scientific and cultural value, but their true significance may not be fully realized until decades after the specimens land in a museum's archives. WeDigBio (short for Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections) is an initiative that aims to mitigate this problem. Describing itself as "a global data campaign, virtual science festival, and local outreach opportunity, all rolled into one," WeDigBio holds a four-day event each October that "mobilizes participants to create digital data about biodiversity specimens." Visitors to their website will find ample information on getting involved, including how to find ways to participate both online and in-person. Under the resources tab, educators will find links to classroom exercises, and those interested in hosting an event will find a number of games and event planning tips. First launched in 2015, WeDigBio was started by representatives from Florida State University, the University of Florida, and the Smithsonian Institution, among other organizations.
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2018-09-24 16:24:37
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