[Taxacom] SPNHC DemoCamp 2013: Abstracts due May 15

Amanda Neill aneill at brit.org
Thu May 9 14:40:30 CDT 2013

*SPNHC 2013 DemoCamp: Call for Demonstrations*

Please note DemoCamp abstracts are due in less than one week, on Wednesday May 15!

Submissions of abstracts are solicited for DemoCamp session presentations at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, June 17-22, 2013.  DemoCamp provides a venue for promotion of technological solutions to advance the field of museum curation and specimen digitization, with broad applications for biology, ecology, and biodiversity informatics.  DemoCamp is sponsored in part this year by iDigBio, the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Live demonstrations are welcomed in any technologies relevant to biologists, collections managers, or biodiversity information managers, as well as technologies that enable the broader use of data, or enable citizen scientist participation. Technologies demonstrated at past sessions have included collections/ transaction management software, georeferencing applications, robotic imaging equipment, automated label digitization tools, and programs for analysis of data/ images.  DemoCamp presentations should feature the latest developments in currently available products/ software/ applications/ tools as well as ongoing research projects and prototypes. DemoCamp sessions also provide a venue for idea exchange and feedback from potential users.

Demonstration abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings and the SPNHC program book.


The strictly-timed format of a DemoCamp gives each presenter 15 minutes to present the demo plus 5 minutes allowed for set-up and questions (20 minutes total).  No PowerPoints or other "canned" presentations are allowed.  Only live demonstrations of functional software, websites, tools, or applications may be presented.  Under special circumstances (e.g., large and non-portable robotic imaging equipment) videos of demonstrated functionality may be allowed.

Demonstrators must provide their own laptops with all necessary software installed.  A projector and internet connection will be provided.


Demonstration proposals (abstracts) must be submitted by May 15, 2013. Abstracts should be prepared according to the guidelines defined on the conference website (http://cfrspnhc2013.com/papers-posters-and-other-presentations.html) and must be submitted to both the SPNHC Local Committee (sally.shelton (at) sdsmt.edu) and to the session organizer, Amanda Neill (aneill (at) brit.org).  Be sure to indicate your abstract submission is for a DemoCamp presentation. The submissions will undergo peer review.  At least one author should register and attend the conference.

To learn more, please visit the SPNHC 2013 Meeting website at http://cfrspnhc2013.com/ and the DemoCamp page at http://cfrspnhc2013.com/demo-camp.html.

We look forward to seeing you all at SPNHC DemoCamp 2013!

Amanda K. Neill |  Director of the Herbarium (BRIT-SMU-VDB) |  BRIT<http://www.brit.org/> |  817.546.1842 |  817.332.4112 fax  |  BRIT.org<http://www.brit.org/>  | 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107-3400 USA | Think Before You Print

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