Digital Data 2024: Workshop Report

Data Cleaning for Maximum Impact: Tools and Workflows for Data Providers to Efficiently Find and Fix Data Quality Issues Workshop Organizing Committee: Arctos (Teresa Mayfield-Meyer), iDigBio (Cat Chapman), NEON (Chandra Earl), Specify (Grant Fitzsimmons), Symbiota (Katie Pearson, Lindsay Walker), and…

CyVerse Image Migration Crosswalks

In 2023, the SSH migrated 5+ million images for the CAP, Pteridophyte, SERNEC, and New England Vascular Plants (NEVP) TCNs from CyVerse to SSH-maintained servers. For ease of reference, crosswalks documenting this migration are now available on Zenodo:

Lichen & Bryophyte Joint Portal Campaign

In Spring 2024, the Symbiota Support Hub and the GLOBAL Management Committee presented a joint portal campaign for lichen and bryophyte herbaria. Collectively and individually, these communities contribute to two very large and active Symbiota portals, the Consortium of Lichen…

Ecdysis Campaign In Review

The Ecdysis portal was founded in 2019 for the management of arthropod data. Since then, the portal has grown significantly, with well over 100 collections actively contributing data in the form of specimen occurrences, media records, taxonomy, and species inventories…

New Linkage Between GBIF & Symbiota

At the request of the Symbiota Support Hub, GBIF has recently improved the connection between individual records in the GBIF portal and their corresponding Symbiota records. This pathway prompts GBIF users to comment on records directly in the Symbiota portal,…

Extended Specimen Updates

The Extended Specimen follows from the growing recognition that specimens are far more complex than their isolated occurrences, which has real implications for their digital representation and how this information is managed, shared, and used in collections databases and public…

Spring 2024 Portal Advancement Campaigns

Members of the Consortium of Lichen Herbaria (CLH) and the Consortium of Bryophyte Herbaria (CBH) should anticipate forthcoming announcements about spring Portal Advancement Campaigns. The Symbiota Support Hub will be working with the managers of these portals to coordinate Office…

Images & Media Hosting

The Symbiota Support Hub (SSH) receives frequent inquiries about adding images to records in Symbiota portals. In February, the SSH presented an updated overview on this topic during the monthly Symbiota Support Group meeting. All users who contribute images to…

Upcoming Symbiota Code Release

The ASU BioKIC team is slated to release their latest version of the Symbiota codebase, Symbiota 3.1, in Spring 2024. This update will include tools to facilitate batch uploading of Linked Resources and image metadata, and it will enable the…

Upcoming Data Cleaning Workshop

Become a Biodiversity Data Capacity Fellow! New in 2024! The Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference in Lawrence, Kansas (May 28 – May 31, 2024) will include a 3-hour workshop to increase capacity in the biodiversity data provider community: “Data…