IDIGPALEO: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH USING DIGITIZED MUSEUM SPECIMENS
iDigPaleo allows users to browse digitized specimens using filters, rather than entering specific search terms. The navigation is further simplified by the translation of scientific names to common names harvested from the Encyclopedia of Life. Specimens are displayed as images accompanied by collection and locality data and shown on a map (at the museum-specified resolution). Registered users have a variety of tools, such as annotation, measuring tools, specimen record commenting, and social media sharing. Images can be curated as galleries and used for education, such as exporting as PDFs or PowerPoint, or sharing of galleries between students and teachers. The Cretaceous World TCN will also include a browser-embedded 3D viewer. The functions, layout, and tools of iDigPaleo have undergone critical analyses via discussion with elementary and high school science teachers, testing in undergraduate settings, and through beta-testing and public evaluation by the Peabody EVOLUTIONS program for high school students. When linked with classroom exercises, iDigPaleo provides educators a powerful tool to harness collection records and explore biodiversity and the impacts of past climate change.