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 cleaning for maximum impact: Tools and workflows for data providers to efficiently find and fix data quality issues.”
In this workshop, data mobilization and data quality experts – including representatives of iDigBio, GBIF, Arctos, Specify, the Symbiota Support Hub, and TaxonWorks – will share training and resources to identify and fix common data quality issues using different tools (e.g., providers’ collection management system). Participants will gain experience with a toolbox of data quality flags and fixes that they will then be able to use or delegate to improve the quality of their biocollections datasets. Remote participation in this workshop will be allowed. Additional details will be provided closer to the date.
To enhance participation by underfunded members of the data provider community – particularly collections managers, data managers, technicians, students, and postdocs – iDigBio is offering 20 “Biodiversity Data Capacity Fellow” travel grants to attend this workshop and the full 2024 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference in person. Fellows will be selected based on their interest in the workshop and the conference, existing financial support, and previous support by iDigBio. Grant recipients will be required to submit a short report on their participation after the conference. To apply, complete this form by Monday, February 26, 2024. Awardees will be notified of acceptance in March.
Grants will be dispersed in the form of reimbursement for up to $1000 of travel expenses (e.g., conference registration, airfare, accommodations) that meet UF travel restrictions and travel guidance. Grant recipients are responsible for retaining necessary documentation and submitting a complete travel reimbursement request within one month of their return in order to be reimbursed. Due to funding constraints, only residents of the U.S. may receive travel funding.