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Archive for October, 2016

21 Oct 2016

Video on Digitization

A new video from iDigBio highlights the need to and benefits of digitizing natural history collections. The short video includes interviews with researchers and students who work with biological specimens. Dr. Larry Page, former president of NSC Alliance and director of iDigBio, said “There is more information about biodiversity…in natural history collections than in all other sources of information combined.”

Watch the video at

19 Oct 2016

Participate in WeDigBio This Week

The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event kicks off this week from 20-23 October. Citizen scientists are teaming up with researchers and other participants around the world to capture biodiversity specimen data—digitizing the information for scientific research, education, and policy. Participants can pick a project in which to participate online ( or find an in-person event at museums and universities around the globe (

Last year, thousands of participants from more than 150 countries completed more than 50,000 transcription tasks. Specimens include a wide range of taxa (insects, plants, birds, marine inverts, paleo), time periods, and geographies.

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19 Oct 2016

News from the NAGPRA Program

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program will be holding several meetings and training programs in the near future.

On 25 October at 2 pm (Eastern), a webinar will be held for NAGPRA grants administrators. This webinar is for new recipients of a Consultation/Documentation Grant or a Repatriation Grant, and for NAGPRA grantees who currently are managing NAGPRA grants. The National NAGPRA Program strongly recommends that these grantees, and especially their grant administrators, attend this webinar to familiarize themselves with the tools used to administer grants. This webinar covers the basics of reporting requirements for a NAGPRA grant and instructions on how to modify or alter their grant. Register at with session number 642 726 215.

On 6 December, the NAGPRA Review Committee will meet by telephone at 2 pm (Eastern). Written comments from stakeholders and the public must be submitted by 1 November. Register for the call at

17 Oct 2016

A Celebration of European Natural History Collections

The Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid will be hosting the 20th anniversary of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) on 20 October. The event will engage a diverse audience of researchers, science communicators, international policymakers and industry representatives about the importance of natural history collections in today’s global economy and the challenges of the future.

CETAF is an umbrella organization representing 59 natural history institutions from 20 countries across Europe.

To register, contact More information is available at