The Symbiota Support Group is a regular Zoom meeting on the
first Monday of every month at 12-1 PM Pacific / 3-4 PM Eastern. We demonstrate or discuss a predetermined topic, then open the session for questions and troubleshooting.
Open Community Discussion TimeThis month we won’t have a dedicated tool to demonstrate; instead, we invite you to join us at this time for office hours and any questions you might have about how to work in your portal. Please bring your questions and ideas! This is a great time to connect with other curators and Symbiota users.
New Citation Generation and Tracking ToolsHere we will demonstrate new tools that have been developed to auto-generate citations on the collection page, data use policy, and within the Darwin Core Archives downloaded by a user. Citation formats must be designated by a portal manager and can then be applied to all collections. We will also demo the new GBIF citations widget that shows how many citations your data have received through GBIF.
Taxonomic Thesauri in Symbiota PortalsHere we will discuss how taxonomic thesauri function in Symbiota portals and how they relate to specimen and observation data. We will also describe how to edit or request edits to the taxonomic thesaurus, and we will provide an overview of the function of the taxonomic cleaning tools.
No meetingU.S. Holiday
Creating Specimen Labels in a Symbiota PortalIn this session, we discussed how to design and export specimen labels directly from your portal, including how to save custom label templates for repeated use.
Crowdsourcing in a Symbiota PortalCrowdsourcing is a way to allow logged-in users to transcribe records from images or conduct other digitization tasks without giving those users full editing privileges for your entire collection. In this session, we demonstrated how to prepare records for crowdsourcing and how to view and vet crowdsourced data. We also touched briefly on the use of Notes from Nature.
Publishing Data from a Symbiota PortalWe will demonstrate how data can be shared with other resources and pushed to aggregators such as iDigBio and GBIF.
Data Cleaning Tools in Symbiota PortalsWe will demonstrate the geography cleaning, taxonomy cleaning, batch editing, and other tools that can be used to clean data in a Symbiota portal.
Getting Images into a Symbiota PortalThere are many ways to associate images of occurrences with their records in Symbiota portals. In this meeting, we discussed these options and important considerations to make when selecting an optimal workflow for a collection.
Uploading Data to a Symbiota PortalIn this meeting, we demonstrated how to upload spreadsheets (CSV files) and Darwin Core Archives of occurrence data into a collection in a Symbiota portal. Note that only users with administrator access (i.e., collections managers or curators) can import data in this way.