Looking to archive your findings in entomology? Not knowing how to launch a multiple-authored project with all the data in one place? To help science aficionados make better use of existing tools for research, the 2018 Taiwan Encyclopedia of Life Workshop will go through “iNaturalist,” a useful mobile app loved by users around the globe. This will enable you to create and share your archives with fans of natural science.
Started in 2007, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) documents 180 million species on earth on freely accessible websites, including textual description, images, and video recordings. According to official estimation, there are over 59,000 species in Taiwan, out of which 8,000 species are endemic. In celebration of its richness of biodiversity, the Taiwan Encyclopedia of Life (TaiEOL) was created in 2011.
The 2018 workshop seeks to familiarize the Taiwanese public with the use of the platform of TaiEOL, prompting professional scientists and biology amateurs to work together in accumulating fieldwork findings. The workshop will introduce the project of TaiEOL and the terms and conditions of licensing creative commons. Special guests will come to talk about their fieldwork, wildlife photography, and archival works involving public participation, such that those who are interested may find their place in the undertaking.
The 2018 Taiwan Encyclopedia of Life Workshop
(Tainan session co-located with the 2018 Annual Conference of Taiwan Entomological Society)
- Supervised by: Academia Sinica and Forestry Bureau, Agricultural Council, Executive Yuan
- Organized by: Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures and Taiwan Entomological Society
- Date: 9:00-Noon, Sunday, October 21, 2018
- Location: Building of Bioscience and Biotechnology, National Cheng Kung University (No. 1, University Rd., Tainan City 701)
- 9:10-9:30, “Based on Open Access and Public Participation: The Taiwan Encyclopedia of Life Project,” Hsu Cheng-hsin, project manager of TaiEOL at the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures
- 9:30-12:00, “Towards an Interactive Query System of Species: iNaturalist,” Lin Cheng-tao, associate professor at the Department of Biological Resources, National Chiayi University
- Sign up here: https://sites.google.com/view/2018taieolworkshop
- Please note that the workshop is part of the 2018 Annual Conference of Taiwan Entomological Society, participants of the workshop must register at the conference: https://entsoc.org.tw/zh-hant/conference/
- It is recommended to bring along your own laptop, installed with programs including UTF-8, csv, and LibreOffice.
- Participants are advised to download iNaturalist to their smartphone and create an account to navigate the app.