Introduction & Examples


Teaching: 5 minutes min
Exercises: 0 min
  • What will we be doing?

  • What is the purpose of this exercise?

  • Explain activity

  • Go over example specimens

  • Provide materials for workshop activity


This hands-on exercise was developed to help data providers transcribe specimen-level data that contains information about associated taxa/specimens. This activity will be focused on parasite-host records, and how to consistently capture interaction data from specimen labels. We will examine specimens that vary in quality of available interaction information on the label and practice data transcription and interaction interpretation for downstream integration with GloBI.


  1. Gain a better understanding of parasite collections interactions data
  2. Practice transcribing specimen interactions data using real examples
  3. Discuss (first in small groups, then as a network) different ways in which species interactions data can be interpreted
  4. Compile a list of verbatim terms currently used to describe associations on specimen labels
  5. Compile a set of ‘interaction types’ derived from ‘human interpreted interactions’
  6. Share outcomes (e.g., interactions translation table)

Where to find materials for this activity

Terms and Definitions

Commonly used Interaction Terms and Definitions: (available here: PDF version (.pdf))

Worksheet columns and definitions:

  1. Verbatim Interaction Text (Interaction as on label without interpretation)
  2. Specimen Taxon name
  3. Human derived/interpreted interaction: Use examples from handout or come up with your own!
  4. Target Common Name, Target Taxon Name, Specimen Event Date, Target Sex, Target Body Part, Target Life Stage
  5. Additional Properties, or notes about interaction
  6. Do you have a new interaction? Please define it for us

Example 1.

Worksheet with examples (multiple formats available, you only need one):

Example 2.

Worksheet with examples (multiple formats available, you only need one, same sheet as above):

Next Up: Individual Specimen Data Transcriptions

Key Points

  • Association data is not always straight forward

  • There may be different interpretations of data depending on the provider or user