Speciforum 2021

The Specify Collections Consortium staff cordially invite our members to the Consortium’s 1st annual member meeting, “Speciforum 2021”.  The meeting will be held virtually this year, February 23 – 24 from 1 – 5 pm CST. We are excited to build on the SCC’s recent series of topical webinar and feedback sessions to organize a more broadly-focused annual forum to discuss your Specify insights, share your experiences over the past year, and listen to your feedback regarding challenges and capabilities. SCC staff will also present demonstrations and discuss current status of Specify releases along with future capabilities and plans. We welcome this annual event as a unique opportunity to and collaborate on all issues related to the Consortium’s activities.

Day 1

Session 1 (1:00 – 2:50 pm CST) — Where We Are and Where We Want to Be
Opening Welcome and Meeting Organization (J. Beach)
Reporting on Specify Collections Consortium Activities in 2020 (J. Beach)
2020 SCC Member Feedback Events Summary (N. Spears)
Technology and Science Advisory Committees Reports (B. Norton, A. Rountrey)
Identifying Aspirations, Capabilities, and Stakeholders (All)

Session 2 (3:10 – 5:00 pm CST) — Getting Science Done
Member Workflow Stories and Solutions (J. Leal, S. Huber, P. Larson, F. Steeman, R. Rabler)
Cat tails and Cocktails (All)


Day 2

Session 3 (1:00 – 2:50 pm CST) — Specify Innovators and Capabilities
New Ways to Use Specify outside of regular collections management “OOB” (M. Costa, D. Macpeherson, W. Coetzer)
Demos of extensions and integrations developed by members (K. Randall, N. Klazenga, R. Spears)
Use Cases and Capabilities (All)

Session 4 (3:10 – 5:00 pm CST) — Reaching the Next Plateau
Specify Near Term Engineering Outlook (J. Beach)
DOA and Digital Specimen Objects Vision (J. Beach)
Progress with Specify 7 (B. Anhalt)
SCC Outreach, Engagements, and Meetings (N. Spears, M. Klazenga, C. Gallagher, E. Haston, Niels Klazenga, RBG Victoria, J. Gerbracht)
Day 2 Wrap Up (All)