[Science news] - Transcribathon for invasive species

Mon 25 Mar

Through the citizen science project Green Pioneers, sponsored by the Flemish Government, we want to create awareness of the effects of invasive species on our biodiversity and society. We aim to involve citizens in various ways in this project, among other things, by organising transcribathons.

As part of our work to digitise our vast collection of herbarium specimens, we need people to help type in the details written on the specimen labels. At our transcribathons, participants gather together to transcribe label information through the crowdsourcing platform www.DoeDat.be, with the help of our herbarium staff. These events, organised in Bouchout Castle at Meise Botanic Garden, enable participants to meet our researchers and get to know each other better. At the Green Pioneer transcribathons, volunteers will be able to database the information on the herbarium labels of invasive plant species.

The data generated during these transcribathons will be made available at our virtual herbarium at www.botanicalcollections.be. The information will then be accessible online for anyone in the world.

The next transcribathon will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 1 pm to 5 pm in Bouchout Castle, Meise Botanic Garden. We will work together on a project about invasive spring flowers that day. Everyone is welcome!