New report calls for improved communication about biodiversity collections research, public benefits
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Dear AIBS Members and Friends,

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is leading a national initiative – the Biodiversity Collections Network – 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, “Building a More Networked System for Communicating about Natural History Collections.” 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


Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director

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