In February of this year, we kicked off a strategic planning process for a national digital biological collections infrastructure in the U.S. with a workshop at NESCent.  An outline emerged from that workshop and was posted on this blog, with announcements broadcast widely to the biological collections community.

We were pleased to receive an outpouring of useful feedback from the community through the mailing list and through this blog, both from individuals and from representatives of biodiversity organizations, institutions and other stakeholder groups. All of it was though-provoking and helpful in refining the strategic plan.

A second, larger, workshop was held in early May (also at NESCent) that updated the strategic planning document in light of all the community input.  We are happy to announce the availability of the updated strategic planning document that emerged from this process [1], and to report that we have conveyed this document to the National Science Foundation.

It has been very gratifying for those of us shepherding this process to watch the community coalesce around the initiative, and generously provide contribute to the effort of imagining the future of biological collections infrastructure.  We look forward to watching this unfold in the coming months and years, and will strive to keep this site updated as things develop.

[1] A Strategic Plan for Establishing a Network Integrated Collections Alliance. PDF