From the GBIF Task Force on Accelerating Discovery of Biocollections Data
To: Administrators, Curators, Data, and Collection Managers
RE: Natural History Collections: Faster Access to More Data
PURPOSE OF SURVEY
Access to online, openly accessible natural history specimen data and media are critical to the research, education and policy communities who are trying to address issues affecting all life on the planet at local, regional and global scales.
Whether you have an established digitization program, or just started digitizing your collection, or are considering it, we need and value your input. The information you provide will help us advance the deployment of natural history collections in 21st Century science, education and policy. Specifically, the data will enable this GBIF task force to determine and demonstrate in a report for you and your institution (1) The digital readiness of the world’s biocollections and their institutions; (2) the benefits to the collection/institution that digitization engenders; and (3) the impediments to collection data digitization. Ultimately, the report is intended to leverage resources for digitization and imaging of collections and their associated data worldwide.
Time: We know your time is extremely valuable. This survey has 25 questions and should take between 10 and 40 minutes to complete depending on the state of the institution’s digitization effort. Please submit your responses at your earliest convenience, but preferably before the new deadline of 20 November 2015, and thanks in advance for your help.
We apologise in advance for cross-posting caused by multiple channels of distribution. If you receive multiple copies of this questionnaire please answer only one of them.
capturing the data
associated with the physical specimens in an electronic/digital format or
database. Rationale: Most of the data associated with the world’s
biocollections remains undigitized and therefore unavailable for research and
Imaging: capturing images of the physical
Metadata: the information about your collection/s
(e.g., taxonomic, geospatial and occurrence coverage, collection contacts,
etc.). Rationale: Robust metadata that describe your
collections is critical to advancing digitization efforts, priorities and
opportunities, and enables the community of users to search and find relevant
Publishing: making the collection specimen data and images available to the public via electronic
media, such as institutional and community websites and portals (e.g., GBIF,
Specimen: individual organism or any parts of it preserved for scientific use.
Lot: a group of specimens associated at some
taxonomic level and from the same sampling event that are
stored and generally handled together.
Q3. Please indicate which
of the following collections you are associated with. Please check all that