Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: Extending Anthophila research through image and trait digitization (Big-Bee)

Project: Research project

Project Details


This project will catalyze a fundamental shift on how insects are digitized in the NSF ADBC program, by establishing Big-Bee, a Thematic Collection Network to provide bee research communities with deep digitization of focal taxa, and a research network specific data portal, The Bee Library. We will focus on outreach to the broader bee research community, ecological, taxonomic and systematic with our involvement in the USDA National Bee Monitoring Network, workforce training, and the creation of 1.2M images of over 560K bee specimens to capture global morphological and trait variation. Our aim is to publish openly accessible image and trait datasets that are findable and accessible to expand the research value of the specimens beyond biology and foster partnerships in computer science, industry, and engineering. Arizona State University's Hasbrouck Insect will participate by digitizing and imaging nearly 10,000 bee specimens and records. In addition, ASU will provide critical software development and Big-Bee data portal hosting and co-management services to the project.
Effective start/end date9/15/218/31/24


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $171,235.00


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