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Building a High-Resolution, Specimen-Based Picture of Life: Possibilities and Challenges

Skog, Judith [1].

The Case for Collections: Getting to the First Step.

The general abstract for this symposium on building the high resolution resource of digitized collections notes that: "As a first step, the US National Science Foundation is funding thematic networks of specimen digitization efforts at non-federal institutions". Understanding how this program was developed is important for the community and the success of the program. This presentation will provide some background.
Support for collections has varied over many years and there are lessons to be learned from the historical perspective. A few historical examples will be presented to illustrate the importance of framing the message. Following these examples, various events from 2005 to now will be presented to show how the rationale developed for the digitization of biodiversity collections in the federal government and how the role of NSF in this effort to include the non-federally owned collections resulted in a separate program to accomplish part of that goal. The focus of the program, its fit to overall drivers within the government context, and some of the current challenges will also be noted.

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1 - George Mason University, Environ. Sci. and Policy, Occoquan 435, MNS 4D4, 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA, 20110, USA


Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY11
Location: Franklin A/Hyatt
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: SY11001
Abstract ID:137

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