Today’s site, iDigBio, offers integrated digitized biocollections which contain 83,363,620 different biological specimens which span across 18, 545, 967 media records and 933 record sets.
When you arrive at the site you can browse around the main page and see if anything catches your attention. I particularly like the featured slideshow on the main page, because it gives you an idea of the kind of news they feature. Just beneath that you’ll find the Newest Collections section that highlights what has recently been added to the site.
If you want to dive right in, I suggest clicking the green Search the Portal button near the top of the page. It whisks you away to a very powerful search interface with lots of options for customization. A search tip I can offer you it to use the scientific name for what you’re looking for. For example, I wanted to see if they had anything collected for white fox, so I quickly googled “white fox scientific name” and found that I wanted to search Vulpes lagopus in the search portal. They did indeed have information and media for the white fox. It also populates the map with where the white fox is located around the world.
If you head over to the Learning Center (you can find a link to it on the top green navigation strip) you’ll find great information on how to use the portal, how to read the datasets, and much more.
Go check it out for yourself today!