Welcome to Eric Nagy's Personal Fundraising Page!


Please join me in supporting the exciting Notes from Nature effort to get invaluable scientific museum collections, including the MLBS herbarium, on line.

Important and untapped biological and historical data are locked away in physical museum collections. Even in today's "information age" herbarium specimans, and all manner of other carefully preserved collections, are accessible only to those who can travel to see them. The University of Virginia's Notes from Nature project is trying to change that. Collections from throughout the U.S., and the world, have been digitized but still require significant human effort to transcribe, and error-check the labels and other metadata accompanying each specimen. By supporting this project you are helping to protect and preserve irreplaceable collection material, and make a vast gold-mine of data electronically accessible to everyone.  Modern techniques are being used to extract more data from historic specimens than anyone ever imagined.  Access to collections by scientists and students world-wide is more important that ever.

As a data generating effort, this effort is a huge bang for the buck. Please help us make this leap.


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Today, there are an estimated two billion specimens housed in natural history museums around the world!  Information held within these collections needs to be converted to digital form in order for scientists to use new analytical techniques (like DNA analysis) and make new discoveries.  This is where you come in:  the Notes from Nature transcription project is a citizen science platform built to address this problem by inviting people of all ages and in all geographic locations to participate in the digitization of the world’s biological collections one record at a time!  The data made accessible to research through this process will almost certainly lead to new discoveries and understanding about how the world around us works and changes. For more details about this campaign, led in part by the University of Virginia Library, please watch our video above.

Typically, this type of contact with scientific collections  is only available to researchers and students in universities and museums.  Our citizen science approach allows enthusiastic citizens from around the world to follow their passion, regardless of their occupation or location, and participate in real scientific work and discovery.  In doing this, we bring together researchers, science enthusiasts, students, and all more to build a broader community of scientific understanding and connection. 

Why should you get involved?

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To improve our world. 

Museum records contain historical biodiversity data. Scientists and researchers can use the data to conduct new research and make better conservation decisions.

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Transcribe with pride!

Transcribe records in any collection and earn badges along the way!

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You are contributing to real science. Thank you!

The digitized data you are creating will help advance research related to species extinction, ecosystem changes, environmental health and even human health.

We are currently raising $10,000 to expand our outreach and engagement activities, specifically through hiring a student intern team to work on scientific writing in our social media environment (ex. Talk, blog, Facebook) and the development of outreach videos which highlight the impact of this important citizen science project. 

Together, we can continue to develop a vital data set for biological change research while simultaneously involving citizen scientists in the process of real research activities.  Your support will also allow us to provide this valuable internship experience to students seeking new ways to contribute to science and will help the University of Virginia Library build more experience in this approach to making collections available.  Will you join us?

Campaign leaders:

Andrew Sallans
Head of Strategic Data Initiatives, University of Virginia Library

Michelle Prysby
Director of Science Education and Public Outreach, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Eric Nagy
Associate Director of Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia

Please share the message!    

Published on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM (EDT)
We are now in week 3 of the campaign and really need you to help share the message!  Please send it to your friends, family, and networks and encourage others to support this project.

This campaign is vital in helping to support communications between the scientists and citizens across the Notes from Nature community.  We have found that this is one of the most critical parts to Notes from Nature success, and you can help us make it better.  Your contribution will go towards providing undergraduate student interns with real experience producing science outreach communications between scientists and citizens.  This is very valuable experience for the interns and critical to the project mission.

On the radio!    

Published on Monday, Oct. 07, 2013 at 03:43 PM (EDT)
This morning we had the opportunity to share Notes from Nature with WTJU’s Robert Packard on the Soundboard program.  Click here to listen to the clip! 

Are you a teacher?    

Published on Friday, Oct. 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM (EDT)
Teachers of students at all age levels may find Notes from Nature to be a helpful instructional tool.  If you are teacher, we invite you to get in touch with us about ways to use Notes from Nature and the ZooTeach platform to develop and share your lesson materials.  Take a look at our blog post about this here:  http://blog.notesfromnature.org/2013/10/04/are-you-a-teacher-2/

Facebook fan?    

Published on Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013 at 04:02 PM (EDT)
Are you a fan of our Notes from Nature Facebook page?  You can find us here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Notes-from-Nature/459259654152934  Help us grow and become a fan today!

10% of the Goal Reached!    

Published on Tuesday, Oct. 01, 2013 at 03:56 PM (EDT)
We are proud to say that we reached 10% of our campaign goal in the first 36 hours of launching!  Please help us continue to share the news of this project and campaign with others so that we can make these great collections accessible!


Julie Dickinson

Gave $10.00

Chris Otahal

Gave $1,000.00

Karen Bush

Gave $20.00

Deborah Donnelly

Gave $50.00

Wendy Zomlefer

Gave $100.00

Daniel Cornwall

Gave $50.00

therese sanderson

Gave $100.00

Jeffrey Hill

Gave $20.00

Andrew Wood

Gave $15.00

Robert Amareld

Gave $100.00

Richard Collins

Gave $50.00

Bethany Nowviskie

Gave $20.00

Dorie Stolley

Gave $20.00

Michael Conroy

Gave $20.00

Ed Gillaspie

Gave $20.00

John Nottingham

Gave $20.00

Sarah Oktay

Gave $75.00

Brooke Dezio

Gave $20.00

Karin Wittenborg

Gave $100.00

Sandy & Jim Wolfe Wood

Gave $100.00

Kendall Reid

Gave $50.00

William Michener

Gave $100.00

Dennis Brogan

Gave $50.00

Deborah Paul

Gave $50.00

Deb Donnelly

Gave $20.00

Nancy Peters

Gave $20.00

Linda Goldstein

Gave $20.00

Robert Guralnick

Gave $50.00

Brian Nosek

Gave $20.00

Arlene Sallans

Gave $100.00

Austin Mast

Gave $50.00

12 supporters have chosen not to be listed for Transcribe Museum Records to Take Notes from Nature.

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Give $20

Your gift of $20 is enough to show your support to the U.Va. students, faculty, and alumni working to solve this important problem!


Give $50

Your gift of $50 is enough to help us continue to share the importance of biological specimen collections with the Notes from Nature community!

Junior Naturalist

Give $100

Your gift of $100 is enough to help us grow the Notes from Nature community and begin to engage new citizen scientists!

Master Naturalist

Give $500

Your gift of $500 is enough to support one part-time student intern developing social media outreach material for a month!

Research Scientist

Give $1000

Your gift of $1,000 is enough to support one part-time student intern writing articles about the Notes from Nature science issues for 2 months!


Give $2500

Your gift of $2,500 is enough to support one part-time student intern developing short video tutorials about how Notes from Nature works and the impact that citizen scientists have!