Dear AIBS Members and Friends,
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is leading a national initiative â€“ the Biodiversity Collections Network â€“ with the Natural Science Collections Alliance and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. The Biodiversity Collections Network is working to build a sustainable community of practice that is able to advance national goals related to the digitization of biological specimens and their associated data.
Yesterday, the Biodiversity Collections Network released a report, â€œBuilding a More Networked System for Communicating about Natural History Collections.â€ This report includes overarching recommendations for how the biodiversity sciences community can improve communication within the community and with key decision-makers. I invite you to read this important report.
If you would like to contribute to an on-going effort to refine and implement these recommendations, I encourage you to apply to participate in the volunteer Collections Communications Working Group that is being established by the Biodiversity Collections Network. For more information, please visit https://bcon.aibs.org/working-groups/.
Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director