On 5 June 2012, the NSC Alliance will host a science briefing for policymakers on “Digitizing Science Collections: Unlocking Data for Research and Innovation.”  The event will provide congressional, federal, and nongovernmental decision makers with information about the value of scientific collections and efforts to make collections more accessible through digitization.

Draft Program

Natural science collections are research facilities and infrastructure that house irreplaceable specimens and data.  New technologies and techniques make it possible to move this information from the shelves of a science collection to a computer in a research laboratory, classroom, or home.  This briefing will explore how scientists and natural science collections managers are working to digitize the nation’s natural science collections to press forward the frontiers of research, spur new technology, and provide information to answer pressing societal problems.

Speakers:

Dr. Mary Liz Jameson
Associate Professor, Wichita State University
The Value of Biological Collections to Science, Education, and the Economy

Dr. Larry Page
President, Natural Science Collections Alliance
Curator of Fishes, Florida Museum of Natural History
Digitization: A Modern Method for Exponentially Increasing Access to Collections

Dr. Michael A. Mares
Director, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
Securing the Long-term Sustainability of Natural Science Collections and Data

Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Gropp or 202-628-1500 x250.