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Symbiota Software Development Internship

Submitted by nfranz on January 5, 2024 - 12:08pm

The Arizona State University, Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC), is offering a new internship for an undergraduate computer science student to develop and maintain the Symbiota software platform code base. Symbiota ( is an open-source software for managing and mobilizing biodiversity data. Over the span of 20 years, Symbiota has developed into a distributed network of theme-based research portals incorporating data from over 1,900 biodiversity collections of preserved plants, animals, fossils, fungi, and more.


New publication: Emerging semantics to link phenotype and environment

Submitted by nfranz on February 11, 2016 - 2:17pm

The following paper was published in late 2015, with Nico Franz and Guanyang Zhang as ASU co-authors.

Thessen, A.E. et al. (including N.M Franz and G. Zhang). Emerging semantics to link phenotype and environmentPeerJ 3:e1470. Link to publication:

Welcome to the BioKIC Academy

Submitted by nfranz on February 9, 2016 - 1:31pm

This blog post introduces the BioKIC Academy program, led by Anne Basham, and focused on promoting literacy and understanding of our biodiversity ​via collection-based pedagogy. The goals are to connect learners of all ages with natural history collections through hands-on activities, community programs, and innovative learning tools and resources for the classroom. You can register and participate in courses and workshops.