Determining best practices for digitizing entomological collections

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A call for participation in a survey to help determine best practices for entomological collections by asking the community how they use collections.

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Determining best practices for digitizing entomological collections

  1. 1. Determining best practices for digitizing entomological collections Katja Seltmann, Babi Hammond, Jane Greenberg, and Andrew R. Deans TDWG New Orleans, 2011 North Carolina State University & Metadata Research Center/SILS/University North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  2. 2. [what really doing?] <ul><li>Promoting our survey to help us determine best practices for digitizing entomological collections </li></ul><ul><li> http://tinyurl.com/625xeb9 </li></ul>6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9
  3. 3. [NCSU Insect Museum] <ul><li>We have some ideas.. might even call them hypotheses… are we right? </li></ul>http://insectmuseum.org/
  4. 4. [ do we think the earth is flat? ] <ul><li>No way of knowing if what we are doing is successful unless we benchmark and test that success. </li></ul><ul><li>Define best practices by first discovering how the community actual uses collections. </li></ul><ul><li>Do this with a survey! </li></ul><ul><li> http://tinyurl.com/625xeb9 </li></ul>6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9
  5. 5. [preliminary results] <ul><li>90 participants </li></ul><ul><li>Majority taxonomists </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily faculty with phd </li></ul><ul><li>Need other list address to post…help? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking for entomologists </li></ul></ul>6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9
  6. 6. [common thought] <ul><li>“ Imaging Specimens will Reduce Specimen Handling” </li></ul><ul><li>-Katja Seltmann (self) </li></ul>
  7. 7. [survey says] <ul><li>Survey found: Taxonomists are the primary users of specimens from collections </li></ul><ul><li>Survey found: Taxonomists do not find specimen images useful </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Taxonomists will continue borrowing specimens from collections. Thus, imaging will not significantly reduce specimen handling. </li></ul>(results so far: heavily taxonomists, 90 responses, low significance)
  8. 8. [maybe not a true statement] <ul><li>“ Imaging Specimens will Reduce Specimen Handling” </li></ul><ul><li>-Katja Seltmann (self) </li></ul>6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9
  9. 9. [?] <ul><li>“ Which online presentations are successful?” </li></ul><ul><li>-Katja Seltmann (self) </li></ul>
  10. 10. [benchmark] (results so far: tiny significance & none of my projects made the list either)
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ Which online presentations are successful?” </li></ul><ul><li>-Katja Seltmann (self) </li></ul>[follow up action]
  12. 12. [future & soapbox] <ul><li>Finish this one (Spring?); Babi’s thesis work.. </li></ul><ul><li>Do another (55 participants for follow up) </li></ul><ul><li>Want more participants </li></ul><ul><li>Need to make it a habit to include the science of information in our future projects; inexpensive to include them </li></ul>6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9
  13. 13. [thanks] <ul><ul><li>Kelly Dew, Tanner Stanfield & Bob Blinn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metadata Research Center/SILS/University North Carolina, Chapel Hill </li></ul><ul><li>CollectionsWeb RCN </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Foundation DBI-0847924 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>http://tinyurl.com/625xeb9 6 … 2 … 5 … xeb ...9

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