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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

The GulfPhoto Workshop: Enabling the Study of the Gulf of Mexico's Primary Producers

October 8 & 9, 2010
At Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


The GulfPhoto workshop will focus on the creation and integration of digital content for Gulf of Mexico's photosynthetic primary producers (algae and plants). It is co-sponsored by the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (a NSF Research Coordination Network), the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the FSU Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, the FSU Department of Biological Science, and Morphbank.

Goals of the workshop include (1) characterization of the ideal suite of web-deployed digital content for algae biodiversity studies, (2) identification of gaps in current web-deployed digital content and information tools in light of the ideal suite of content identified by participants, and (3) production of a plan to acquire funding to fill the gaps and make the ideal suite of content available in the next 3-5 years. The invitee list provides the blend of phycologists and information technologists that should make the workshop a success. Particular funding opportunities will be discussed.

The themes for Friday, October 8, will be "Existing Communities and Tools for Digital Content Creation and Integration" in the morning and "Motivation and Goals for Digital Content Creation and Integration" in the afternoon. The theme for Saturday, October 9, will be "Planning the Digital Content and Integration." Friday's meetings will occur on FSU's main campus in Tallahassee; Saturday's meetings will occur at FSU's Coastal and Marine Lab.

We are planning to have short talks on the following topics:

  • The Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections
  • The Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance
  • GulfBase.org
  • Encyclopedia of Life and LifeDesk
  • Specify
  • Morphbank
  • Diatoms of the United States
  • ProtistCentral
  • Micro*scope
  • The Web Book "Marine Plants of Pacific Panama"
  • Challenges and Solutions to Digitizing Macro-algae
  • Challenges and Solutions to Digitizing Micro-algae
  • Current assessment of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Long-term ecological monitoring of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • A funding agency response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and national disasters in general
  • Algal Diversity of Gas and Oil Platforms
  • Needs of the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Community
  • Needs of the Micro-algae Systematics Community
  • Needs of the Macro-algae Systematics Community
  • Needs of the Paleo Community
  • Social Obstacles to Content Sharing and Integration
  • Technical Tools for Data Integration, Including GBIF Tools and the DataNet ONE

Please contact Austin Mast (amast@bio.fsu.edu) if you are interested in attending the workshop since space is limited.

A Partial List of Participants
  • Matt Ashworth, University of Texas, Austin
  • J. Craig Bailey, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Jim Beach, University of Kansas
  • Felicia Coleman, Coastal and Marine Laboratory, Florida State University
  • Ernest Estevez, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Suzanne Fredericq, University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • Dennis Hanisak, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Mike Hein, Water and Air Research, Gainesville
  • Patrick Kociolek, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Diane Littler, Smithsonian Institution
  • Mark Littler, Smithsonian Institution
  • Austin Mast, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
  • Elizabeth Miller, FL Department of Environmental Protection
  • Zack Murrell, Appalachian State University
  • Merrie Neely, FL Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jim Nienow, Valdosta State University
  • Jim Norris, Smithsonian Institution
  • Akshintala Prasad, Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University
  • Greg Riccardi, School of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University
  • Kathryn Smith, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Ann Thessen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden
  • James Wee, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Paul Zimba, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Videos

A juvenile horseshoe crab finding it's bearings at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab (on YouTube)


Introduction to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, FL (on YouTube)