iDigInfo Projects

Military Suicide Research Consortium

The Department of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) from the Defense Health Program Enhancement (DHPe) awarded a $17 million federal grant to Florida State University and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center to establish the Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). The consortium is the first of its kind to integrate DOD and civilian efforts in implementing a multidisciplinary research approach to suicide prevention.

iDigInfo represents Core B, the Information Management/Scientific Communications Core of the project. Core B has knowledge, information, and findings through a variety of methods appropriate for decision makers, practitioners, and others who are accountable for ensuring the mental health of military personnel. Directed by iDigInfo, the goals of Core B include a rapid response function so that queries from decision makers and others of the MSRC will be answered in an efficient and timely manner. Technical assistance and support for decision makers and others is an integral aspect of this MSRC function. This aspect of MSRC warehouses knowledge about suicidal behavior in general (gathered in part by Core C), so that military issues can be informed in a comprehensive manner.


The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to Florida State University and the University of Florida to coordinate 92 institutions in 45 states working to digitize the nation's biological collections.

FSU's Center for Information Management and Scientific Communication, in the College of Communication & Information, will work with UF's Florida Museum of Natural History and its College of Engineering Advanced Computing Information Systems Laboratory to create software and databases the nationwide participants will use to transfer and store the data. FSU will receive $2.8 million of the grant. Called Integrated Digitized Biocollections or iDigBio, the information in the digitized collections will include field notes, photographs, 3-D images and information on associated organisms, geographic distribution, environmental habitat and specimen DNA samples.


Morphbank :: Biological Imaging is a continuously growing database of images that scientists use for international collaboration, research and education. Images deposited in Morphbank :: Biological Imaging document a wide variety of research including: specimen-based research in comparative anatomy, morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy and related fields focused on increasing our knowledge about biodiversity. The project receives its main funding from the Biological Databases and Informatics program of the National Science Foundation.

Morphbank :: Biological Imaging was established in 1998 by a Swedish-Spanish-American group of entomologists and is currently housed at the School of Computational Science (SCS) at Florida State University. The project has grown immensely since its beginnings and presently includes a team of 15 biologists, computer scientists and information scientists who are working on developing the software. The project is dedicated to using open-source software and is a Fair Use Web Site. The software used in the current Morphbank :: Biological Imaging system includes PHP, ImageMagick, MySQL, Apache, Java, and JavaScript.


Using RDF, bioteà aims to increase the connections between scientific documents. The RDF model makes extensive reuse of existing ontologies and semantic enrichment services. The model is then exposed over a SPARQL endpoint, which you can query from the project's website.


The Catastrophic Risk Finance and Insurance Information Portal provide researchers, policy makers, government officials, and practitioners with a comprehensive source of information on catastrophic risk financing. This site organizes content for academics, practitioners, and researchers throughout the world. Resources include academic and industry papers, academic journals, legal resources and databases, and can be searched by title, author, date published, organization, and subject. Resources can also be searched by using the Search function located at the top of each page.

iDigInfo maintains the repository content management system, and contributes to design of the interface.

Digital Libraries to School Libraries

Digital Libraries to School Libraries is a project whose aim is to explore ways in which school librarians can use digital open content to expand and enrich the school library's resource base and instructional support. This project uses the newest web-based technologies to help school librarians identify DL open content, integrate open content metadata into their OPACs, and help use open content for learning. Guided by the overarching question "How can school libraries support strong STEM achievement with digital library open content?" in this three-year exploratory Early Career Research project, the researcher will investigate a framework for school librarians' promotion of sustainable open content use in schools through the following research questions.

The Institute's Marcia Mardis heads this project.