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NSC Alliance Joins Call for Community Self-Governance on Digital Sequence Information Sharing

The NSC Alliance has joined an international coalition of 26 scientific societies and organizations and 122 scientific researchers and professionals in urging continued open access to digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources. In a letter to National Focal Points to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the coalition has shared recommendations to inform ongoing […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2023 Federal Funding for Collections

The NSC Alliance has submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding for programs that curate natural history collections within the Department of the Interior and Smithsonian Institution. “Scientific collections are critical infrastructure for our nation’s research enterprise, ” argued NSC Alliance. “They are a national treasure that help support the […]

Register Now: Sixth Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

The Field Museum in collaboration with iDigBio and NSC Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, Enhancing & advancing the quality of digitized data, on May 23-25, 2022.  This year’s event with be a virtual meeting.  The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, […]

Student Opportunity: TORCH 2022 Summer Internship

The National Science Foundation-supported Texas and Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH) makes the information contained in natural history collections readily available to researchers, educators, land managers, and the general public. The TORCH project is digitizing and serving online the data from ca. 2 million herbarium specimens from the South-Central United States, unlocking the information […]

Collections in the News

According to a recent economic report published in the journal Research Ideas and Outcomes, digitizing London’s Natural History Museum’s entire collection could contribute over £2 billion over 30 years to the global economy.  The Natural History Museum, London, has been creating digital data about collections through its Digital Collections Programme since 2014.  The Museum has […]

Upcoming NAGPRA Review Committee Meetings

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee is scheduled to hold six virtual public meetings on January 31, 2022; February 14, 2022; February 28, 2022; March 10, 2022; March 15, 2022; and March 21, 2022. All meetings will be held from 3:00 PM until approximately 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The agenda […]

House Hearing on Climate Readiness for Smithsonian’s Collections

The Committee on House Administration held a hearing on December 16th on the threats posed by climate change on the collections and facilities of the Smithsonian Institution. “In Washington, and in particular on the National Mall, the effects of climate change most significantly would be in the form of sea level rise and flooding,” said […]

NSC Alliance Joins Science Coalition in Urging Congress to Finalize NSF Bill

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 130 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses—has sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to complete conference negotiations on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act or USICA (S. 1260) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Future Act (H.R. 2225), and pass […]

International Workshop Series on Digital Sequence Information: Recordings Now Available

With support from the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the USA Nagoya Protocol Action Group are organizing an online workshop series to explore how the international scientific community can study biodiversity in the changing landscape of international policy.  Recordings from the first five sessions in this series are now available […]

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