Sources of Funding for Digitization and Georeferencing Natural History Collections Presentation and Discussion HerpNET Current Sources US National Science Foundation GBIF DIGIT Seed Grant Supplementary Funds Sources of funds for digitizing Volunteer and Student programs: - HerpNET uses URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program) – 38 volunteers since 2003 - Students obtain class credit and gain some experience in a research atmosphere - Are there students from local universities that could volunteer each semester? GBIF DIGIT Seed Grant 2007-2008 approximately 400K€ budgeted for seed money program Formulation of target groups etc. will be determined through a consultative process early 2007 Request for proposals mid-2007 Funding available early 2008 Efficiency and cost effectiveness of data capture Industrialized workflow process Imaging of labels Using appropriate skill level for each task Built in quality control checking Georeferencing GBIF National Nodes 80% of GBIF related investment is expected to be provided at the National Level By signing GBIF MOU National Governments have made a commitment to invest Examples: Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, and others Belgium Call for Expression of Interest 2nd Biodiversity Platform Digitization Project Call Deadline Jan. 16, 2007 Targeted at small well curated collections 40000 € available http://www.biodiversity.be/News/digitization-projects-2007 Global Biodiversity Information Facility Policies on Open Access to biodiversity data In light of the importance of mobilizing biodiversity data around the world, the GBIF Governing Board made a recommendation to research councils, funding agencies and private foundations on Open Access to biodiversity data (January 2006) to: Promote that species and specimen level data and associated metadata that are generated in funded projects are made publicly available through mechanisms cooperating with GBIF, within a specified period after completion of the supported research. Convention on Biological Diversity Decision VIII/11. Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearinghouse mechanism Paragraph 3. Invites Parties and other Governments, as appropriate, to provide free and open access to all past, present and future public-good research results, assessments, maps and databases on biodiversity, in accordance with national and international legislation; Possible Sources in Europe and Other Countries ? Your countries GBIF node Societas Europeae Herpetologica Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles Synthesys Your countries’ scientific funding agency EU directly – Inspire, LifeWatch 2010 In-house matching funds along with volunteers from local universities (biology and geography students) Leverage Funds from Available Resources: By putting your institutions’ data online through HerpNET and GBIF, this shows the scientific worth and accessibility of these collections to the public, shows your commitment Use these national and international connections to improve chances of obtaining funds (CAS, MCZ, UCSB, MVZ are doing this). A limited amount of digitizing and georeferencing can open doors to obtaining further funding Discussion: What sources of funding or volunteers available in your country? How much digitizing/georeferencing have your completed so far? Do you have servers already available to help these connections?