Portal Campaigns

In 2021, the Symbiota Support Hub (SSH), a newly-funded domain of iDigBio, was created to support, improve, and expand existing Symbiota-based data portals. Critical to this mission has been Portal Advancement Campaigns: initiatives of approximately one month in which the SSH directs sustained effort and attention to a specific data portal with the goals of:

  • Updating collection metadata and facilitate publishing of data to global aggregators (e.g., GBIF & iDigBio)
  • Auditing current images: repairing or removing broken links.
  • Identifying data quality and Darwin Core alignment issues that can be fixed in batch and offer batch data cleaning
  • Providing additional training to users and admins and/or develop documentation and resources, as needed
  • Helping to build and expand the portal community

Practically, portal campaigns generally consist of four virtual “Office Hours” meetings for a specific portal community to discuss key topics, including data publishing, data cleaning, troubleshooting, and community building. These meetings always include time for questions and discussion of any issues experienced by the community. Presentations made during these meetings are recorded for reference and for community members who cannot attend synchronously.

Portal Campaign Schedule

Register for portal campaigns and access campaign materials below. Please contact the Hub if you think your Symbiota portal community might benefit from a Portal Advancement Campaign.

Nov 2023EcdysisComing Soon!
Sept 2023 Bee LibraryBee Library
June 2023Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of SEINetSEINet AZ-NM
April 2023Consortium of Midwest HerbariaMidwest
March 2023Mid-Atlantic Herbarium Consortium (MAHC)MAHC
Nov 2022Texas-Oklahoma Regional Consortium of Herbaria (TORCH)TORCH
Oct 2022Pteridophyte Collections Consortium (PteridoPortal)Pteridoportal
Sept 2022Mycology Collections Data Portal (MyCoPortal)MyCoPortal
Aug 2022 Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium Macroalgae
May 2022 Consortium of Southern Rocky Mountain Herbaria (SoRo)SoRo
Feb 2022Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC)SERNEC

Portal Campaign Communications

Portal community members can sign up for campaign communications here.

Portal Campaign News

Read highlights from past portal campaigns here.

Campaign Feedback

If you participated in a past Portal Campaign, we’d like to hear from you! Please provide comments about your campaign experience here: