Harnessing Natural History Collections Data for Addressing National Challenges: The Biodiversity Collections and Data Wish List

During the past year, the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN – https://bcon.aibs.org) has been gathering feedback from stakeholder communities about biodiversity collections and the data derived from them. This feedback will inform a vision for how biodiversity collections and their data can realize their potential for research and education during the next decade.

Through these outreach efforts we have learned that the stakeholder community views the current national digitization effort as a success, with benefits for collections, and research and education, and feels strongly that the effort should continue in some way. We have also determined that the U.S. national effort aligns well with international efforts, especially in Europe and Australasia.

In this final outreach effort, we are asking for your very specific and succinct contributions to a wish list of future activities or functions for collections and data, and recommendations on how to achieve them. Please record your responses using this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/SsbyuP75ZuKSL4av2

We ask that you include only one wish list item (and action and partners) per form – you may enter as many wish list items as you wish, but use a separate form for each. This will help greatly with the compilation final results. A summary of all responses will be posted on the BCoN website.

Wish list entries made by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, 5 October, will be posted on the BCoN website shortly thereafter and incorporated into the final report. There will be a session at the upcoming iDigBio Summit (https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/ADBC_Summit_2018) on Tuesday, 2 October, 3:10-4:00 pm EST, in which wish list items will be shared live. The Summit website provides information on remote participation.


  1. What would you like to accomplish with biodiversity collections or derived data that you cannot do now (or cannot do easily)? Name ONE activity or function in ONE sentence.
  2. List ONE currently unavailable action or tool that you would need in order to do this.
  3. Who could help you do the accomplishment listed in Question 1? List up to THREE types of experts or areas of expertise.