Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections

WeDigBio 2019: Day Four

Five years of WeDigBio are now in the books!

Our fifth WeDigBio event is now complete and we couldn't be happier with all that was accomplished! Thank you!

The Field Museum has been busy with hundreds of citizen scientists but did find time to talk with NBC News!
And here's a view of their super productive group:

Folks were also very busy working on projects related to Thematic Collections Networks. TORCH (left) got a great start to their  project with a room full of participants transcribing herbarium specimens from Texas and Oklahoma. CAP participants completed a Notes From Nature project (right)!

Participants at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (left) transcribed tons of specimens and also introduced a mounting activity.  At the New York Botanical Garden participants contributed to research on Arctic tundra plants (right).

2019 was a huge year for WeDigBio! Check out our dashboard to see the tally of tens of thousands of specimen transcription and annotation tasks completed all around the world! We have a lot of numbers to crunch, but it looks like we may have broken some records this year -- stay tuned! 

Our 5 year anniversary event has now come to a close, but we encourage you and your networks of enthusiastic citizen scientists to keep transcribing! The online platforms are always active and new projects and specimens are added often. Likewise, it's never too early to start to think about WeDigBio 2020! If you watched along this year and are thinking about how to organize a successful event next year, reach out at any time.

A tremendously huge THANK YOU to all the event organizers, hosts, helpers, supporters, onsite and online participants, and everyone else who helped make this event such a success!


WeDigBio is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program (Cooperative Agreement EF-1115210). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.