BHL at TDWG 2013 Annual Conference

View Full Size ImageThe TDWG 2013 Annual Conference has kicked off in Florence, Italy and will run through November 1, 2013.  We are very pleased to announce that BHL will be hosting a Symposium today, Monday, October 28, at 14:00 CEST.

The symposium, entitled “Crafting the Future of a Global Biodiversity Heritage Library for Diverse Communities’ Needs,” will be led by BHL Program Director Martin Kalfatovic and will feature a panel of key members of the BHL-Global, including William Ulate, Trish Rose-Sandler, Jiři Frank, Lucy Waringi, and Connie Rinaldo.

The symposium will focus on strategies for creating, expanding and maintaining a multinational digital library programme; digitisation platforms, standards and services; creating value-added features for discipline-specific communities; use of social media and outreach to increase use and build new audiences; and migration from projects to sustainable programmes.  Panel members will deliver presentations from their perspectives as project-, country-, and continent- collaborators on the Biodiversity Heritage Library, sharing their experiences and promoting a discussion on next steps to improve strategies for meeting the needs of scientists.

The TDWG conference is an annual meeting of the international organization Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), also known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group.  TDWG has a successful track record of fostering international collaborations around biodiversity technology projects and currently focuses on the development of standards for exchanging biodiversity data.

We are looking forward to productive and informative discussions with attendees at today’s Symposium and throughout the TDWG conference!


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Carolyn Sheffield served as the BHL Program Manager from July 2013 - February 2019. She is currently the Associate Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland.