The Botanical Research Institute of Texas Philecology Herbarium holds nearly one and a half million scientific specimens in public trust, including vascular plants, mosses, lichens, fungi, slime molds, and algae, from around the world. Like many other natural history collections, BRIT is in the process of making the specimen images and data available in a digital form. This April 8-10 we are joining with other natural history collections around the world to participate in a Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio; wedigbio.org) event, in a concerted effort to digitize these primary sources of data about our environment for research and education. We'll be evaluating and transcribing data from images of herbarium specimens in the community science platform Notes from Nature (notesfromnature.org). We'll also be hosting some special behind-the-scenes tours of our herbarium and other facilities. You'll need a computer with access to the internet to join these Zoom events.
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