Tuesday, 10 October 2017

BioGaps Transcribe has new prize winner for September

The BioGaps top transcriber for the month of September has been selected:

Well done and a big thank you to Latoya Keebine who transcribed 78 label images!

As a prize she has selected the book "The Vegetation of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland".

Latoya is based in Kimberley at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Arid Lands Node, as a science education intern under the DST-NRF internship programme.

There will be more prizes given for the top transcribers at the end of November 2017, end of January 2018 and end of March 2018. The winners will be announced shortly after the end of each period. Prizes can include books, National Botanical Garden entries, and Kirstenbosch Summer Concert tickets.

We appreciate all the valuable assistance provided by the Transcribe volunteers! Anyone anywhere can become involved. To join this fun activity, go toTranscribe: http://transcribe.sanbi.org

BioGaps digitisers are working hard every day imaging hundreds of plant specimens and their labels. We need all the help we can get in transcribing these records. There are also many bee and grasshopper specimen labels that require transcribing.

The Transcribe platform helps us fill in gaps in biodiversity knowledge for our precious Karoo region. This information will help guide future conservation and development activities (e.g. shale gas exploration) in the Karoo.

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