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  1. Purdue Entomological Research Collection

    15 Apr 2012 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Julie Speelman


  2. Overview of the Iowa State Insect Collection (ISIC)

    14 Apr 2012 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Andrew Fasbender

    This presentation covers the history, facilities, contents, and recent work at the ISIC, uploaded for the Invertnet One Workshop on April 13-15th, 2012. Andrew Fasbender, Gregory W. Courtney


  3. InvertNet Spring Workshop Draft Agenda

    11 Apr 2012 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    This is a draft agenda for the first InvertNet workshop, to be held at UIUC April 14-15, 2012.


  4. InvertNet Introduction

    14 Mar 2012 | Seminars | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    Chris Dietrich, PhD/Systematic Entomologist/Principal Investigator for InvertNet, explains the importance of digitizing biological collections. …


  5. Digital recording of 7 million insect specimens begins

    14 Mar 2012 | Publications | Contributor(s): nahil sobh

    CHAMPAIGN — A single leafhopper is small, but the task at hand is enormous. Scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University …


  6. A Strategic Plan for Establishing A Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance

    04 Dec 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): (editor)

    This report is a strategic plan for a 10-year effort to digitize and mobilize the scientific information associated with biological specimens held in U.S. research collections. The primary objective …


  7. Traditional approaches to collection digitization

    11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    Until very recently, almost all efforts to digitize insect (and other) collections focused entirely on capturing label data (retrospectively) and organizing it in a database (various custom …


  8. Collections as data repositories

    11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    More than any other kind of collection, insect collections (and invertebrate collections more generally) are the primary source of data on the known distributions of species in space and time.


  9. How collections are organized

    11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    Well curated collections have most specimens pinned, labeled, and sorted such that specimens of the same species are housed together in the same unit tray (or series of adjacent trays) within a …


  10. The challenge of specimen tracking

    11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich

    Current systems for tracking the scientific names and locations of individual specimens, using specimen-level databases and UID labels, work reasonably well, but because most specimens in most …