Identify your data with DOIs

The University Library is undertaking a pilot for assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to data resources created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The pilot will take place during the spring and summer of 2014, and is open to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students, faculty, and staff.  Persistent identifiers are useful for sharing and curating data resources, and the DOI is a well established identity standard.  Examples of data resources that are eligible for the pilot include visualizations, scripts or other code, as well as datasets and databases.

A full description of the pilot service, including a link to apply to participate, can be found here:

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New Species brought to you by the Illinois Natural History Survey in 2013

 Drypetes asymmetricarpa from Levin 2013, Phytokeys, doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.29.6004

Drypetes asymmetricarpa from Levin 2013

More than 100 new species, 10 new genera and 10 new families were described in papers authored by Illinois Natural History Survey scientists in 2013.  The majority of the newly described species are insects, but fungi, a spider, a plant, a microsporidian, and a virus were also described.  It is noteworthy that new taxa were described from North America, and even from Illinois.

Zealeuctra ukayodi from Grubbs et al. 2013, Zookeys, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.344.5912

Zealeuctra ukayodi from Grubbs et al. 2013

Biotic surveys have always been an important component of the work of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the collections of biological specimens held at INHS serve as a record Illinois, North American, and worldwide biodiversity, current and historical.   They are used by researchers on this campus and around the world.

2013 papers in which new taxa were described
(INHS authors are indicated with an asterisk*):

Agindotan, B.O., J.R. Prasifka, M.E. Gray, C.H. Dietrich*, and C.A. Bradley. 2013. Transmission of switchgrass mosaic virus by Graminella aureovittata. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 35(3): 384-389.

Balhoff, J.P., I. Mikó, M.J. Yoder*, P.L. Mullins, and A.R. Deans. 2013. A semantic model for species description, applied to the ensign wasps (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) of New Caledonia. Systematic Biology 62(5): 639-59.

Barling, N., S.W. Heads*, and D.M. Martill. 2013. A new parasitoid wasp (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil: The first Mesozoic Pteromalidae. Cretaceous Research 45: 258-264.

Bond, J., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. A new species of Tarsonops (Araneae, Caponiidae) from southern Belize, with a key to the genera of the subfamily Nopinae. Zookeys 289: 57-64.

Catalano, M.I., S. Paradell, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. Three new species of Neozygina Dietrich & Dmitriev (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Typhlocybinae) from Argentina, with a key to south American species. Zootaxa 3652(1): 156-62

Catalano, M.I., S.L. PARADELL, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. Four new species of genus Parallaxis McAtee (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae: Dikraneurini) from Argentina, with a key to known species. Zootaxa 3737(3): 241–250.

Catalano, M., S. Paradell, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. First report on the leafhopper genus Balera Young (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Typhlocybinae, Alebrini) from Argentina, and description of a new species. Zookeys 352: 1-7.

Catanach, T.A., C.H. Dietrich*, and J.B. Woolley. 2013. A revision of the New World sharpshooter genus Xyphon Hamilton (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae). Zootaxa 3741(4): 490-510.

Dietrich*, C.H. 2013. South American leafhoppers of the tribe Typhlocybini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae). Zoologia (Curitiba) 30: 519-568.

Grubbs, S., B. Kondratieff, B.P. Stark, and R.E. DeWalt*. 2013. A review of the Nearctic genus Zealeuctra Ricker (Plecoptera, Leuctridae), with the description of a new species from the Cumberland Plateau region of eastern North America. Zookeys 344(0): 17-47.

Hyde, K., E.B.G. Jones, J. Liu, H. Ariyawansa, E. Boehm, S. Boonmee, U. Braun, P. Chomnunti, P. Crous, D. Dai, P. Diederich, A. Dissanayake, M. Doilom, F. Doveri, S. Hongsanan, R. Jayawardena, J. Lawrey, Y. Li, Y. Liu, R. L√ºcking, J. Monkai, L. Muggia, M. Nelsen, K. Pang, R. Phookamsak, I. Senanayake, C. Shearer, S. Suetrong, K. Tanaka, K. Thambugala, N. Wijayawardene, S. Wikee, H. Wu, Y. Zhang, B. Aguirre-Hudson, S.A. Alias, A. Aptroot, A. Bahkali, J. Bezerra, D.J. Bhat, E. Camporesi, E. Chukeatirote, C. Gueidan, D. Hawksworth, K. Hirayama, S. Hoog, J. Kang, K. Knudsen, W. Li, X. Li, Z. Liu, A. Mapook, E.C. McKenzie, A.N. Miller*, P. Mortimer, A.L. Phillips, H. Raja, C. Scheuer, F. Schumm, J. Taylor, Q. Tian, S. Tibpromma, D. Wanasinghe, Y. Wang, J. Xu, S. Yacharoen, J. Yan, and M. Zhang. 2013. Families of Dothideomycetes. Fungal Diversity 63(1): 1-313.

Jepson, J.E., S.W. Heads*, V.N. Makarkin, and D. Ren. 2013. New fossil mantidflies (Insecta: Neuroptera: Mantispidae) from the Mesozoic of north-eastern China. Palaeontology 56(3): 603-13.

Levin*, G.A. 2013. A synopsis of the New World species of Drypetes section Drypetes (Putranjivaceae) with asymmetrical fruits, including description of a new species. Phytokeys 29(0): 75-87.

Lu, L., C.H. Dietrich*, and Y. Zhang. 2013. Review of the leafhopper genus Evinus Dlabola (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae). Zootaxa 3701(4): 421-36.

Raja, H.A., N.H. Oberlies, T. El-Elimat, A.N. Miller*, S.E. Zelski, and C.A. Shearer. 2013. Lindgomyces angustiascus, (Lindgomycetaceae, Pleosporales, Dothideomycetes), a new lignicolous species from freshwater habitats in the USA. Mycoscience 54(5): 353–361.

Raja, H.A., K. Tanaka, K. Hirayama, A. Hashimoto, N. Oberlies, M. Figueroa, A.N. Miller*, S. Zelski, and C.A. Shearer. 2013. Freshwater Ascomycetes: Minutisphaera (Dothideomycetes) revisited, including one new species from Japan. Mycologia 105(4): 959-976.

Soto-Adames*, F.N., R. Giordano*, and K. Christiansen. 2013. Bellisotoma, a new genus of Isotomidae from North America (Hexapoda, Collembola). Zookeys 283: 7-13

Soto-Adames*, F.N., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. The dorsal chaetotaxy of Trogolaphysa (Collembola, Paronellidae), with descriptions of two new species from caves in Belize. Zookeys 323: 35-74.

Soto-Adames*, F.N., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. New species and new records of springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola) from caves in the Salem Plateau of Illinois, USA. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 79(2): 145-77.

Takiya, D.M., C.H. Dietrich*, and C. Viraktamath. 2013. The unusual Afrotropical and Oriental leafhopper subfamily Signoretiinae (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae): taxonomic notes, new distributional records, and description of two new Signoretia species. Zookeys 319: 303-23.

Wang, T.-., Y.-. Nai, C.-. Wang, L.F. Solter*, H.-. Hsu, C.-. Wang, and C.-. Lo. 2013. A new microsporidium, Triwangia caridinae gen. nov., sp. nov. parasitizing fresh water shrimp, Caridina formosae (Decapoda: Atyidae) in Taiwan. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112(3): 281-93.

Zahniser*, J.N. 2013. A new genus and species of Vartini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) from Africa. Zootaxa 3750(3): 295-300.

Zahniser*, J.N., and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. A review of the tribes of Deltocephalinae (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae). European Journal of Taxonomy no. 45

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Originally published in 1932, the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is now available digitally. All of the nearly 700 maps from the atlas are georeferenced and georectified so that they can be overlaid consistently within a digital mapping environment. Read more about the history and development of the original and newly produced digital atlas.

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New Open Access Journal from AGU

The American Geophysical Union has launched a new open access journal, Earth and Space Science. The journal will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organizations where applicable. Read the full press release for more details.

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Grant Opportunity: National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

The FY 2014 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program has been posted. Grant applications are due March 27, 2014.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Initiative

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, through it’s Data-Driven Discovery  Investigator Awards, seeks to support “individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science, coalescing natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science.”   The focus areas are natural sciences (biology, physics, astronomy, etc.) or science enabling methodologies (statistics, machine learning, scalable algorithms, etc.).

It is anticipated that the DDD initiative will make about 15 awards at ~$1,500,000 each, at $200K-$300K/year for five years.  The pre-proposal deadline is February 24, 2014; full application invitations are to be issued in April 2014.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in partnership with the Sloan Foundation, recently established Data-Driven Discovery hubs at New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington.  Gordon Moore is co-founder of Intel.

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Savvy Researcher Workshops on finding grants, data management, and more

The spring lineup of Savvy Researcher workshops includes sessions on finding grants,  research strategies, government information, GIS, database design, data management, scholarly publishing, and more.  This workshop series is brought to you by the Scholarly Commons.  Sessions are appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, academic professionals, and faculty.

The calendar and full descriptions of sessions can be found here:

Pre-registration for sessions is strongly encouraged; registration links are available from the calendar.

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You’re more than your h-index, Heather Piwowar, February 6

Join the Scholarly Commons for a conversation with Heather Piwowar, co-founder of ImpactStory.

You’re more than your h-index: How quantification is ruining science, and how it’ll save it

Research output is constantly measured: how many papers we write, where they’re published, how many citations we get.  Focus on these simplistic metrics is ruining science.  Funders and institutions know this and want a bigger picture of research impact.  Come hear how ImpactStory, a nonprofit funded by the NSF and the Sloan Foundation, can empower you to uncover and share the full story of your research impact.

February 6th, 8:30-10:30
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
Coffee and refreshments will be served 8:30-9am; opening remarks by Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin begin at 9am.

Piwowar received a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to her work with ImpactStory, she has been a research associate at DataOne and Dryad.

Recent interview with Piwowar, from DataDryad news

Recent articles:

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FY 2014 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

Closing Dates

  • 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 20, 2014 (Investigators)
  • 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, March 6, 2014 (Approved by Institutes)


The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including:

  • evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement;
  • evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs;
  • development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water;
  • alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated management of ground and surface waters; and
  • the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended ( Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged.

Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from nonfederal sources.

Proposals must be filed on the Internet at by 4:00 PM, Eastern
Time, Thursday, February 20, 2014 and must be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program not later than 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, March 6, 2014 by the Institute or Center through which they were submitted. The SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and SF-424B (Assurances) portion of the application package must be submitted through the Internet site at not later than 4:00 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, March 6, 2014 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located.

Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2014. The Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

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Emerging Frontiers in Tropical Science – Grant Competition

From the Organization for Tropical Studies:

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) program on “Emerging Frontiers in Tropical Science” identifies emerging issues in tropical science and draws together scientists across a range of disciplines, institutions, and geographies to holistically address these issues. Through this program, OTS aims to advance multi-disciplinary, multi-scale efforts working on cutting-edge issues that have the ability to transform tropical science and education. This program seeks to catalyze research conducted in and around OTS research stations in Costa Rica.

This program will fund workshops for the proposal development “to test cutting-edge theories or for conducting analyses of existing data”.  Eligible topics include global change impacts, water sustainability, restoration and adaptation, invasive species, and emerging diseases.  Expected outcomes fro funded workshops are research proposals to funding agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The deadline is February 1, 2014 to fund workshops to take place between August 2014 and May 2015.  The full RFP and application instructions are available here.

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