What We Do

DigIn aims to make marine biodiversity accessible through "digitization" of marine specimens and data from marine expeditions. Check out our project description for a full list of our goals, and enjoy these resources.

DigIn Project Overview

DigIn Retreat 2022

Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA

The DigIn team joined forces in Southern California for an in-person retreat November 1-3, 2022. NHMLA gave a tour of their institution’s marine invertebrate collections and walked the 33 retreat attendees through their digitizing workflow. The group then made their way up the California coast to Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, enjoying LA’s finest Cuban food, Porto’s Bakery, along the way.

At camp, DigIn folks had a roundtable discussion on their triumphs and challenges and debriefed one another on where they are in the stages of data capture, functional databases, connecting to iDigBio, georeferencing, images, nomenclature, and agent synchronization. UF’s Gustav Paulay gave a lecture on Names, nomenclature, & synchronization, and MCZ’s Alan Rivera spoke to the group about recommendations for specimen and label imaging. The team began planning for the 2023 Educator Workshop and discussed 2023 SPNCH symposium contributions and DigIn published papers. Before heading home, they brainstormed on their aspirations for building a sustainable community of marine collections staff that would persist beyond the DigIn grant.

Branching out from their beloved spineless creatures, the invertebrate enthusiasts headed north to visit the elephant seal rookery in San Simeon and made a pit stop on their way back to LA to admire the sea otter pups in Morro Bay.