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WeDigBio: Digitizing Collections

October 14 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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One event on September 15, 2022 at 10:00 am

Join us for a community and 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 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 Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is excited to offer this in-person WeDigBio event for the first time since 2019. With your help, we can make our own natural history collections data available for anyone to use! Join us at one of our transcription sessions or participate in the worldwide WeDigBio event online.

Our scientific collections and archives contain specimens and materials that provide data used to study biodiversity and compare how species and the environment changes over time. This year for WeDigBio, we will be processing uncatalogued botanical specimens. By participating, you can help catalogue these specimens into the Academy’s scientific collection, make them accessible for study, and improve their preservation.

This event is most appropriate for adults, although teenagers may participate if accompanied by an adult. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the collections after a lunch break during each session.

You don’t have to attend a session in person to be a part of WeDigBio! Learn how you can participate from anywhere by transcribing specimen labels on the Notes From Nature citizen science platform.

Please select all sessions you’d like to register for. Registration space is limited for all sessions, so we would appreciate if you only select the sessions you know you’ll be able to attend.


October 14
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections Facility
Chicago Academy of Sciences Collections Facility 4001 North Ravenswood Avenue #suite 201
Chicago, IL 60613 United States
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