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Shari Ellis

I have a pretty pragmatic or practical question–what steps in a “digitization workflow” would avid fossil collectors find interesting enough that they would want to get involved with over time? The reason I say this is that iDigBio is partnering with some other groups to have a transcription blitz in October (WeDigBio)–this blitz gets folks to type into a database previously handwritten labels. Apparently some volunteers do thousands and thousands of labels every year! (Atlas of Australian Life) And get very competitive about who has done the most. But personally, I don’t think I want to spend my free time typing up specimen labels as much as I appreciate the value of the effort. I’d be interested in knowing what would be intrinsically rewarding to folks as there are many steps involved from getting a specimen into a collection to getting it completely digitized.