Digital Data 2020

COVID-19. This year’s Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference is being converted to digital format by online conference technology.

digital data conference 2020

Fourth Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference:

«Harnessing the Data Revolution and Amplifying Collections

with Biodiversity Information Science»

1-3 June 2020, Bloomington, IN, USA  


Indiana University in collaboration with iDigBio of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the Natural Science Collections Alliance is pleased to announce the fourth annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, to be held 1-3 June 2020 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

The conference will again provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, research protocols, discoveries, and outcomes across all biodiversity research domains.

The 2020 conference hopes to attract an increased number of presentations focusing on the use of digitized specimen data and big data analytics, conservation and use of digital specimen data, and the use of virtual collection objects.

Conference topics:

  • machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • harnessing the data revolution
  • published or publishable biodiversity research and data using digitized specimen information,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • digital biodiversity specimen data in education and outreach.

Final registration deadline: May 22.

Abstract submission deadlines: 24 April 2020

For further information or to ensure that you are on the conference email list, please contact Gil Nelson ( or Jill Goodwin ( at iDigBio.

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