After a wonderful week in Montpellier, France and listening to some very interesting talks it’s time to get back to the daily grind and continue our developments. Before we do, I wanted to recap on some of the activities SilverBiology was involved in.
To find out more about what all transpired I would suggest starting with the TDWG 2009 Program.
So how was SilverBiology involved this year at TDWG?
On Tuesday, David Remsen had a workshop entitled: Name Matching Workshop - Discuss ways to achieve name matching, look at possible integration of these service.
You can see the program at: http://code.google.com/p/taxon-name-processing/wiki/TdwgSession2009
and the PowerPoint at: http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dgmbb297_603gkr5s6mv
The main goal of this workshop was to show activities on name parsing. Mainly parsing, recognition, descovery, matching, and reconciliation. During this talk I was asked to introduce the php webservice version of Taxamatch and a demonstration on a use of activities called TaxonTagger (Proof of Concept).
This workshop was fast paced and covered a lot of material and I encourage anyone that did not sit in on this wonderful meeting to look at the wiki above and read all about the great things GBif and EOL are doing.
All throughout the conference SilverBiology had a demo table introducing our method on processing herbarium labels using Citizen Science. We had a wonderful response to our approach and will be explaining a lot more in the coming weeks including our roadmap, more details on the project, short term and long term goals with this approach. You can read over our abstract at: http://helpingscience.org/ and check out our presentation that was given on Thursday at the Herbarium Imaging meeting. http://www.tdwg.org/fileadmin/2009conference/slides/Giddens_SilverBiology.ppt
If you or any one you know is imaging herbarium specimen sheets and interested in other methods of processsing herbarium labels we encourage you to contact us. (contact <at> silverbiology.com)
I thank everyone that talked with me this past week and look forward to a wonderful year of exciting new tools.