WeDigBio with the BRIT Herbarium
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WeDigBio with the BRIT Herbarium
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas Philecology Herbarium holds nearly one and a half 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.
Return to this page soon to find recorded Zoom videos from the presentations over the past four days of the WeDigBio 2021 events hosted by the BRIT Herbarium.
Thank you for your participation! The time and energy you put into this effort are furthering science by increasing access to this primary source of scientific data!
Do you want to explore the Notes from Nature platform before the event?
The BRIT transcription blitz will solicit specimen transcriptions through the Notes from Nature community science platform. Take a self-guided orientation anytime by going directly to Notesfromnature.org and look for the BRIT expeditions under "Plants", within the Texas Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbarium project, or the Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (look for expeditions with "BRIT", "NLU", or "R. Dale Thomas" in the title for our current expeditions). Currently posted expeditions are listed below. If you find you really dig this digitization, join us at our weekly #ArmchairBotanist sessions via Zoom (visit www.brit.org/armchairbotanist for more information).
Current BRIT Expeditions in Notes from Nature:
- TORCH - Texas specimens from the NLU collection at BRIT - Expedition 4 (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/md68135/notes-from-nature-flora-of-texas-and-oklahoma; click on this named expedition and follow the prompted tutorial).
- SERNEC - Southeastern Forests - Expedition 2 - from the R. Dale Thomas Collection (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/md68135/notes-from-nature-southeastern-us-biodiversity; click on this named expedition and follow the prompted tutorial).
How do I ask questions? If you are logged in to a free account on notesfromnature.org, 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 NotesfromNature.org, then you can email email@example.com, or social media (https://www.facebook.com/BRITorg; https://twitter.com/BRIT_org).
WeDigBio Lite 2021 (April 8-11): Virtual transcription blitzes, presentations, and live behind-the-scenes tours over the four-day event. Participants helped transcribed labels from Texas specimens of the NLU collection, contributing to the TORCH TCN digitization project. This event had 35 participants over Zoom, and our NotesfromNature expeditions totaled 90 unique individuals that helped us transcribe near 1,500 of our specimens over the course of the weekend.
WeDigBio 2020 (October 15)
WeDigBio Lite 2020 (April 16-19): Virtual transcription blitzes were attended via Zoom by a total of 38 participants, on April 17th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on April 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants helped transcribe labels from Texas specimens residing in the BRIT and VDB collections, contributing to the TORCH TCN digitization project.
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: Online and in-person transcription events.
WeDigBio 2016: Online and in-person transcription events.
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.