Mobilising Specimen Biodiversity Data

In November 2019 the Natural History Museum London delivered an introductory workshop for NatSCA, to help our community mobilise and share collections data.

More and more biodiversity data are coming online every day and give all of us new opportunities to engage whether it is through data mobilisation, data use in research and education, software design, policy development, etc. Exciting projects and new methods expand what we can and will be able to do with these data. But, getting started and keeping up with trends and activities in biodiversity informatics and collections digitisation can be overwhelming.

This workshop aimed to go through steps required to digitise and share specimen occurrence data (‘what, where, when, who’ etc.) with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The presentations are now available for others to benefit from.

What is digitisation & data mobilisation?

How do you make sure your data are useful?

Digitisation - strategic planning and prioritisation

Digitisation - operational planning

Digitisation Practicalities

Making the case - business model template discussion/exercise

Our B slides

Participant questions

Workshop agenda and participants:

Many thanks to Laurence Livermore and Helen Hardy @NHM_Digitise for workshop content which was ‘heavily inspired by TDWG's Biodiversity Informatics 101 Workshop at Biodiversity Next’, and has roots in a 2018 session delivered by iDigBio with NHM and Bristol Museums funded by @EllermanUK.