WeDigBio Digitization Blitz



Point of Contact

Jason Best

Director of Biodiversity Informatics

The Armchair Botanist, a Specimen Transcription Blitz with the BRIT Herbarium- Thursday, Oct. 17th - Sunday,Oct. 20th, 2019*

*The only on-site event will be on Sat., Oct 19th from 9:30am-12:30pm.  

Specimens stored in natural history collections contain a wealth of information, some of which is obtained from the label associated with that specimen. Help us liberate this information by following online prompts to transcribe label information from specimen images. We are currently focusing on specimens of ferns and lycophytes deposited in the NLU collection in the BRIT herbarium and also Texas specimens in the BRIT-SMU collections. Read more about our collections here.

Join us, in person, on the BRIT campus as we participate in the annual Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event, on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to with your name and a contact phone number.  Attendance at this event will be limited to 40 people. You must have a laptop with the ability to connect to the internet to participate. We will have a few loaners, but they will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis!

On Sunday, October 20th from 10am-12pm we will be hosting a private Armchair Botanist event for the attendees of Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) annual meeting in Rockwall, Texas. The workshop requires attendees to register through the TMN website ( 
Can’t join us in person? No problem! You can join us on the Notes from Nature transcription platform where we have three expeditions as part of the SERNEC project. Just go to and select one of BRIT's expeditions - BRIT Texas Specimens - Expedition 3, The Vanderbilt University Collection at BRIT - 3rd Expedition, or Dr. T's Ferntastic Collection: 5th Expedition. You can get more details about each of these projects and track the progress on BioSpex:, and The Notes from Nature ( platform has built in tutorials, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you are having problems!

Ways to engage:

Thank you for your participation!


Past Events:

WeDigBio 2018 (October 17-20)

WeDigBio 2017

WeDigBio 2016

WeDigBio 2015