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Crowd sourcing and biocollections

by on Oct 18, 2011

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Despite the well-documented value of biocollections for science and society, the ability of researchers and policy makers to utilize this resource has been slowed because a wealth specimen data are ...

Despite the well-documented value of biocollections for science and society, the ability of researchers and policy makers to utilize this resource has been slowed because a wealth specimen data are sequestered within collections institutions in analog formats. By unlocking biocollections from analog formats, we open the doors to new research about species responses to climate change, patterns of species invasion, and ecosystem response to human interaction, to name a few. We believe a quick, accurate, and economical means of digitizing the remaining biocollection data is to harness the power of crowd sourcing. We have begun a collaborative pilot project to transcribe data from natural history collection ledgers and specimen labels through a voluntary crowd-sourced application.

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