[MARMAM] Workshop on DARWIN: a software program to assist in matching dorsal fins prior to Marine Mammal Conference in Quebec City

Shannon Gowans gowanss at eckerd.edu
Wed Aug 19 11:35:57 PDT 2009

Workshop announcement:  Learning to effectively and efficiently use DARWIN

The DARWIN Research Group at Eckerd College announces a workshop/tutorial

"Learning to effectively and efficiently use DARWIN," to be held 
Saturday, October 10, prior to the 18^th Biennial Conference on Marine 
Mammals, in Quebec City, QC, Canada.
 Workshop participants will learn to install and use DARWIN, a freely 
available photo-identification software package, to create a catalog of 
dorsal fins images and then compare images of newly sighted individuals 
against the catalog. We will also introduce the use of various software 
features that facilitate the sharing of data between or within research 
groups and enable the output of sighting data for input to other 
software packages.

            As a part of this workshop, copies of the current DARWIN 
software will be distributed and installed on the laptop computer of 
each participant.  The hands-on workshop will provide step-by-step 
instruction on the most important features of the software, and pointing 
out various tips and tricks to get the best performance from it.  There 
will be time at the end of the workshop when participants can experiment 
with what they have learned and have an opportunity to have questions 
answered, as they arise.

            We anticipate that this workshop will be useful to 
researchers interested in training others or in using the software 
themselves to facilitate the photo-identification process.


For more information about the software:



To register for the workshop:


The cost of the workshop is $30 (USD).


Please feel free to email questions to darwin at eckerd.edu


Kelly Debure and John Stewman

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