Join us for a citizen science transcription blitz! Have you ever wondered what’s inside the cabinets at a natural history museum? Are you curious about how scientists use natural history collections to track deadly diseases, discover the history of life, and predict the effects of climate change on biodiversity? WeDigBio, or Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections, is a global event that engages curious people like you both online and onsite in digitizing natural history collections. The Nature Museum is excited to bring WeDigBio to Chicago for the third year in a row, and with your help, we can make our own natural history collections data available for anyone to use! Join us at one of our cultural heritage transcription sessions on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th at the Nature Museum. Or, if you can’t join us in person, participate in the worldwide WeDigBio event online. Our cultural heritage collections contain archives and audiovisual materials associated with our biological collections. For WeDigBio, we will be transcribing the diary of William C. Davidson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and native of Indiana who embarked on three year journey aboard the U.S.S. Olympia in 1895. His diary documents the landscapes and customs he observed during the vessel’s travels to Hawaii, Japan, China, and Siberia. Help us transcribe his logs and enjoy the rare opportunity to see specimens from Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum collections acquired in Southeast Asia during this time period! This event is most appropriate for adults, although older children may participate if accompanied by an adult. Registration is free.
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