Symbiota Support Group

The Symbiota Support Group is a regular Zoom meeting on the first Monday of every month 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific / 3:00-4:00 Eastern. We demonstrate or discuss a predetermined topic, then open the session for questions and troubleshooting.

December 6th, 2021: Our first meeting covered GitHub (how to use it) and the Symbiota Resources found there. We demonstrated how to use the discussion page to report issues, engage with other users, etc. Recording here.

January 3rd, 2022: Topic: Uploading Data to a Symbiota Portal. In 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. Recording here.

February 7th, 2022: Topic: Getting Images into a Symbiota Portal. There 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. Recording here.

March 7th, 2022: Topic: Data Cleaning Tools in Symbiota Portals. We will demonstrate the geography cleaning, taxonomy cleaning, batch editing, and other tools that can be used to clean data in a Symbiota portal. Recording here.

April 4th, 2022: Topic: Publishing Data from a Symbiota Portal. We will demonstrate how data can be shared with other resources and pushed to aggregators such as iDigBio and GBIF. Recording here.

May 2nd, 2022: Topic: Crowdsourcing in a Symbiota Portal. Crowdsourcing 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 will demonstrate how to prepare records for crowdsourcing and how to view and vet crowdsourced data. We will also touch briefly on the use of Notes from Nature. Recording here. View slides.

June 6th, 2022: Topic: Creating specimen labels in a Symbiota Portal. In this session, we will discuss how to design and export specimen labels directly from your portal.