Calling all citizen scientists! Participate in #WeDigBio at Illinois from October 19-20

Discover your inner scientist by participating in the University of Illinois WeDigBio Transcriptithon hosted by the Illinois Natural History Survey Herbarium.

Scientists have explored and documented the natural world for centuries, collecting billions of specimens now lodged in museums, universities, and field stations worldwide. The University of Illinois and other institutions across the globe want to make that information available to the general public, but they need your help!

The University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey Herbarium invites members of the public to help transform the handwritten or typewritten data sequestered on the labels of Plant Biology Collection specimens into an open, globally accessible, digital resource.

There will be pizza, games, and prizes*!

This event is one of the many transcription parties that will be held across the globe from October 18–21 during the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event. For online opportunities, visit

While the local event at Illinois offers a social setting where people can transcribe specimen data while learning about the herbarium and local plant diversity, members of the public can contribute from anywhere at any time during the event at one of the participating online transcription platforms. Register and ask how!



Click on one or more of the links below and register for WeDigBio time slot(s).

Register for Friday, October 19th from 9:00–noon

Register for Friday, October 19th from 1:00–5:00

Register for Saturday, October 20th from 9:00–noon

Create an account

After you claim your ticket, please go to the Consortium of Midwest Herbaria and create an account on the digital platform we will be using for the event. There will be a limited number of computers available for use during the event. Please bring a laptop if you have one!


Our event will be held in the Forbes Natural History Building conference room, located at 1816 South Oak Street, Champaign. Parking will be free for the event.

*Prizes from local businesses including: Amara Yoga & ArtsBody Work AssociatesBrainstorm EscapesCaffe ParadisoDurst CycleJane Addams Book Shop,  Jupiter’s PizzaMonical’s PizzaRiggs Beer Company,  Seoul Taco, & Siam Terrace

Questions? Please contact Jamie Minnaert at

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