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You’re invited to join a worldwide effort to digitize the planet’s many biological collections. On October 20-21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Museum’s Collection and Research Division will host two transcription parties coinciding with the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event. WeDigBio transforms often handwritten or typewritten data sequestered on the labels of museum specimens into an open, globally accessible, digital resource. DMNH is seeking volunteers to help transcribe the who, what, where and when of the Museum’s Chiton collection.
Chitons (pictured here) are marine mollusks, related to clams and snails. They have a strong muscular foot to cling to rocky shores, and have eight armor plates for protection, instead of the regular singular snail shell. While this is a global event, DMNH’s transcription parties will offer a social setting where people can contribute and learn about the Museum’s research collections and the world-wide diversity of an unusual sea creature.