Funding Sources for Georeferencing Collections

Sources of Funding for Digitization
and Georeferencing
Natural History Collections
Presentation and
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?
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
 Built in quality control checking
 Georeferencing
GBIF National Nodes
80% of GBIF related investment is
expected to be provided at the National
 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
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
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
Your countries’ scientific funding agency
EU directly – Inspire, LifeWatch
In-house matching funds along with
volunteers from local universities (biology and
geography students)
Leverage Funds from Available
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
 Use these national and international
connections to improve chances of obtaining
funds (CAS, MCZ, UCSB, MVZ are doing
 A limited amount of digitizing and
georeferencing can open doors to obtaining
further funding
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?