Recapping the September 22-23 Virtual Event: Biodiversity Digitization: Celebrating a Decade of Progress. Hashtag: #biodigi2021

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  • Will the videos be available for on-demand viewing? Yes
  • To what degree is there overlap among participants at this virtual event and the upcoming Biodiversity COP15
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Session 1 ‘User experience (UX) design patterns for citizen science’ #biodigi2021
Mia Ridge, 02:11:00 @mia_out
Think of the ways we can encourage people to participate in citizen science.
Building digital engagement experiences for the past two decades
02:13:00 Favourite patterns from the last decade / Definitions
02:14:30 Content design is crucial
02:15:30 Call to action should be unmissable
02:16:40 Let people try the task before registering … This makes a huge difference in increasing participant numbers
02:17:00 Allow time for questions and discussion … Report on progress so everyone can tell the difference they are making
02:19:00 iNaturalist example / Test early and often
02:20:20 Enjoy it!
02:22:40 How do we measure different types of engagement online? = ¿Cómo medimos los diferentes tipos de participación en línea?
02:23:53 Increasingly forum discussions not where all the learning happens. Conversation is spread out across social media. Surveys can measure attitudinal shifts. There is no shortcut outside of talking to people and finding metrics that practical in the organizational context.

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The first two decades of the 21st century have seen huge gains in the digitization and mobilization of the world’s biodiversity data. Natural history museums and biodiversity collections on virtually every continent have collaborated across the globe to develop and harness a suite of emerging technologies and efficiencies. These tools have liberated data from millions of species occurrence and biodiversity specimen records and fueled an ever-expanding network of high-quality research. This conference is dedicated to celebrating these successes and to inspiring development of an even greater palette of accomplishments in the decades to come. To provide a world update on these achievements, the U.S. National Museum of Natural History – Smithsonian (NMNH), Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) cordially invite you to attend Biodiversity Digitization: Celebrating a Decade of Progress, a jointly sponsored virtual event to be held September 22-23, 2021.

We are expecting an international audience of several hundred people and will have sessions throughout the day to accommodate different time zones. The event will be held in Zoom and will be recorded.

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Recording policy: By attending iDigBio’s online events, you accept that the event will be recorded and posted for later asynchronous viewing.


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