from Linda S. Ford <lford@...
reply-to Museum discussion list <MUSEUM-L@...
date Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM
subject Developing a digital US biological collections strategic plan
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Participants in a focus group, held at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center on 5-7 February 2010, drafted an outline for the digitization and web mobilization of data and images associated with U.S. biological collections. Input from the community is requested as this plan develops to ensure that it builds appropriately on existing projects and reflects the missions and needs of the nation's diverse biological collections.
Please review the outline at <http://digbiocol.wordpress.com/
Feedback can be made on the blog post or send your comments to <mailto:wg-digitization-bounces@...
. A letter from the focus group is below.
Thank you in advance,
Linda S. Ford, Ph.D.
Director, Collections Operations
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
In response to the Report from the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, federal agencies are becoming more aware that our nation's biological collections hold critical information that will inform research on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, invasive species and other national priority environmental
issues. We see language in federal budget requests for increased support to collections in order to meet the challenge and increase the value of these collections. A multi-year, multi-million dollar effort could become available to digitize the nation's biological collections. Toward that end, we are preparing a strategic plan for a
10-year national effort to digitize and mobilize images and data associated with biological research collections is being developed. You can view the plan at http://digbiocol.wordpress.com/.
This plan requires broad support and input from the collections community and a diversity of stakeholders. The responses to the plan, collected through email and blog commentary will be used in future meetings to complete a strategic plan.
Community feedback on the initiative outlined here is critical. Feedback can be made on the blog post (http://digbiocol.wordpress.com/)
or via email (to wg-digitization@...
Specific feedback is needed in areas such as:
* support for the proposed model, suggestions for revision
* ideas regarding the three-tiered approach suggested here
* priorities for collection digitization
* ways to maximize collaboration across institutions and federal agencies, and at the international level.
This feedback will be aggregated and provided to participants in future planning sessions that will develop a final strategic plan. Thanks in advance for taking the time to contribute to this very important initiative.
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