Thursday, December 2, 2010

spider lab


Last spring I visited with multiple faculty across the College of Arts and Sciences about ways that the library could help them organize data better for teaching and research. One of our most receptive folks was Greta Binford of Biology. Yesterday I stopped by and visited a Biology 100 lab filled with students busily photographing spiders with microscopes, uploading them to Flickr, and then tagging them using flickr machine tags. Digital Services Coordinator Jeremy McWilliams has worked with Greta to come up with a system for classifying and geotagging these spiders, which have all been retrieved from the Lewis & Clark campus. The result will be a website that will map the "spiders of lewis & clark."

This is our first digital initiative in the sciences, and we look forward to more down the line.

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