Yale Peabody Museum in collaboration with iDigBio, the Natural Sciences Collections Alliance, and Ecological Society of America is pleased to update our announcement of the third annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference, to be held 10-12 June 2019 at Yale University, New Haven, CT.


Registration is open:


The lodging options are also open. Please note that we are offering economy lodging again this year:


Abstracts may be submitted for workshops as well as oral and poster presentations and discussion sessions (you will receive an abstract link in your registration confirmation letter).


For workshop proposals: 23 March 2019;

For those submitting an oral presentation or poster abstract: 30 April 2019;

General registration: 17 May 2019.

New this year will be the opportunity to submit abstracts for half or full-day workshops and symposia to be held on Wednesday the 12thThose submitting workshop or symposium abstracts must register prior to 23 March. Those submitting discussion, oral, or poster presentation abstracts must register prior to 30 April.

The conference wiki, which includes the agenda, is under construction but available at:,_Yale. It will be continuously updated, so keep an eye on it.


More conference info (including a list of keynote and plenary speakers) is available at:


Themes for oral presentations and posters might include:

published or publishable biodiversity research using digitized specimen data,

methods and protocols for enhancing discovery with digitized specimen data,

systematics and the use of digital specimen data,

ongoing research projects that utilize digital data,

gaps and deficiencies in currently available digital data that hinder effective use,

user critiques of digital data, aggregators, and data providers,

pipelines that integrate digitization, data use, and research,

standards and practices for depositing and documenting open access digital datasets,

the role and relevance of “Big Data” in biodiversity research,

use of digitized biodiversity specimen data within ecological research and practice,

conservation use of digital specimen data,

the relative importance of vouchers vs. observations as digital data,

managing digital biodiversity specimen data in support of research pipelines,

analyzing and visualizing specimen-based and related digital data.


The planning team for the 2019 conference includes Tim White, Patrick Sweeney, Larry Gall, Susan Butts, Michael Donoghue, Nelson Rios, Greg Watkins-Colwell, and Michelle Duong from Yale; Jill Goodwin, Gil Nelson, and Pam Soltis from iDigBio; Jill Parsons and Emily Mastrianni from ESA; and John Bates and Rob Gropp from NSCA.


For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Jill Goodwin ([log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]) or Gil Nelson ([log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask] at iDigBio.




Gil Nelson PhD, Director

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio)

Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida

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Courtesy Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium

Florida State University

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