This is our first newsletter for our planned image tour and we would like to thank everyone that has submitted a request for us to visit.
In this Issue:
- How to stay informed
- Who we will be visiting and when
- SERNEC meeting during ASB
- Final Result
How to stay informed:
We will be communicating through newsletters like this one and our special webpage at: http://www.silverbiology.com/botany2010/imagingtour.html. Our goal is to provide as much information about what we are doing to get ready for this imaging tour. If you have any questions about this event that we have not addressed please let us know.
Who we will be visiting and when:
Currently we are still collecting invitations on who we will be visiting and where you would like us to go. We will be accepting requests until May 1st. At that time we will start to plan a route and confirm some dates that we are able to visit. Once we get in contact with each collection we will post the planned schedule online. The map that we will be using is located here: SilverBiology Imaging Tour 2010 Map
Current we have included everyone that has made a request with the following key:
- Green Icons = Invited
- Yellow Icons = Pending Invitation
- Red = Confirmed Location and Date
SERNEC meeting during ASB:
Tom Sasek will be presenting an overview about CyberFlora Louisiana (http://news.cyberfloralouisiana.com/) and how well the imaging method works. This SilverBiology method will be the same as what we will be demonstrating during the tour. We would also like for you to encourage other SERNEC members that are interested in digitization efforts to join in the tour or come visit while we are giving our demonstration. We can only visit so many collections during this tour but knowing everyone that is interested might encourage us to extend or follow up with a second tour in the near future.
The final result will be an online SilverCollection web portal that will have all images and information available that we have processed. This will be a small fraction of the total specimens in the United States but should act as a viable solution for larger plans for state and regional efforts. We will also include a related webpage that will contain all the information about how we processed this data, how long it took and anything else that is related.
Have some ideas?
We hope to learn more about providing national imaging and processing solutions. We hope to demonstrate simple, efficient, and quick solutions to mobilizing scientific collections. We will continue to listen and do whatever we can to make our software as user friendly as possible. If you have an idea you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or reply back to this email and let me know what is on your mind.
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