WeDigBio Digitization Blitz



Point of Contact

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

WeDigBio Lite with the BRIT Herbarium: an online-only specimen transcription blitz  (Apr.16 - 19, 2020)

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas Philecology Herbarium holds 1.4 million scientific specimens in public trust, including vascular plants, mosses, lichens, fungi, slime molds, and algae, from around the world. Like many other natural history collections, BRIT is in the process of making the specimen images and data available in a digital form. But to do that, we need your help in transcribing information from the specimens. BRIT has joined with other natural history collections around the world to participate in a Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event in a concerted effort to increase the amount of natural history data available to research and the public.

So we hope you will join us in digitizing BRIT's specimens as part of this WeDigBio event and our ongoing efforts through the Armchair Botanist program (details at

What you need: a computer with access to the internet and the ability to read specimen labels from online images describing the who, what, where, when (and sometimes why!) of a scientific collection and then to follow prompts to type that information into separate meaningful fields. If you want to join any online interactive events, you may need a camera and microphone attached to your computer.

When to join us: Any time! However, we will be providing guidance to this activity through Zoom, a voice and video conference application (details below), on this Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, this is a year-round project and we usually have at least one expedition that is open on

Where to start: Read the BRIT Notes from Nature Guide, or take a self-guided orientation anytime by going directly to and look for the BRIT expeditions under "Plants" (anything with "BRIT", "VDB", "Dr.T" or "Flora of Texas and Oklahoma" in the title). Current expeditions are listed at the bottom of this page, or consider joining our guided expeditions via Zoom.


Zoom meeting:  Apr 17, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada):

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Meeting ID: 966 7938 9159

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Zoom meetings:  Apr 18, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada):

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Meeting ID: 947 8167 6896

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Current BRIT Expeditions in Notes from Nature:  stay tuned for more Texas and fern expeditions to come.

How do I ask questions? If you are logged in to a free account on, then you can use the talk function (it appears at the top of the page) for general questions, or as you reach the last entry page when transcribing a specimen label, you will see a "Done & Talk" button. If you aren't logged into, then you can email, or social media (


Thank you for your participation! The time and energy you have put into this effort are furthering science by increasing access to this primary source of scientific data!


Past Events:

WeDigBio 2018 (October 17-20): Participants helped to transcribe specimen labels from ferns and lycophyte specimens in the NLU collection at BRIT, as well as Texas material from the BRIT and VDB collections. We had an on-site transcription blitz on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30am to 12:30pm for the general public, and a transcription blitz for workshop attendees of the Annual Texas Master Naturalist Meeting in Rockwall, Texas, on Sunday, October 10th from 10am-12pm. 

WeDigBio 2017:

WeDigBio 2016:

WeDigBio 2015 (October 22-25): During this inaugural worldwide event, BRIT held two on-site transcription blitzes that were attended by more than 30 people, including BRIT volunteers, high school students in the BRIT Green Revolution Program, and members of the public.