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DemoCamp 2016 Call for Abstracts!

February 11, 2016

Submissions of proposals are solicited for the DemoCamp session at the SPNHC conference in Berlin, hosted by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin. DemoCamp provides a venue for creators to promote their technological solutions to advance the field of museum curation with broad applications for biology and biodiversity informatics. This is a popular and well-attended session at SPNHC and good participation is expected.

Computer demonstrations are welcomed in any technologies relevant to natural history scientists, collections managers, or biodiversity information managers. Technologies demonstrated may include, among other things, collections/ transaction management software, geo-referencing web-based applications, and programs for analysis of data/ images. DemoCamp presentations should feature some of the latest developments in currently available products/ software/ applications as well as ongoing research projects and prototypes. Live demonstrations of these technologies will raise awareness of new (and improved) tools available for data acquisition, documentation, and synthesis. Demonstrations will also provide a venue for idea exchange and feedback from potential users. DemoCamp abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings.

The strictly-timed format of DemoCamp gives each presenter 15 minutes for a presentation plus 5 minutes for questions. No PowerPoints or other “canned” presentations are allowed. Only live demonstrations of functional software or applications may be presented. Demonstrators must provide their own laptops with all necessary software installed. A projector and internet connection will be provided.

Abstracts must be submitted by March 15, 2016. Abstracts should be prepared according to the guidelines defined on the conference abstracts website at http://www.spnhc2016.berlin/page15.html and must be submitted electronically according to the instructions given, with a copy sent to the session organizer, Rusty Russell at russellr@si.edu

For further information and deadlines, please visit the SPNHC 2016 website at http://www.spnhc2016.berlin/index.html