This meeting is in connection with the BIFA GBIF project Mobilizing data on ecologically important insects in Malaysia and Singapore project funded by the Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia (BIFA).
Between the 23 to 27 May 2022, Dr Eleanor Slade (PI), Marx Yim (Project Officer), Ong Xin Rui (PhD student) and Chiew Li Yuen (Postdoc researcher) visited the Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for meetings with collaborators and to examine the Borneensis dung beetle collections.
On one of the days, we were invited to speak to the staff and students of ITBC in a knowledge sharing seminar. Marx Yim spoke about our GBIF project "Mobilising data on ecologically important insects in Malaysia and Singapore" where he shared more about the objectives, function and application of GBIF and also about our project in-depth.
This was followed by a closed-door meeting with the staff of ITBC where we discussed progress and ongoing processes of the project and shared our findings on how best to integrate the BORNEENSIS dung beetle collections into the project. The meeting also involved understanding the resources available at ITBC and how it can be utilised effectively for the project. We also discussed best practices in digitisation workflows following the examination of their collection. Among those present were Mdm Puan Petherine Jambau, Dr. Liew Thor Seng, Dr. Evan Quah Seng Huat and Dr. Ng Ting Hui