Photo: 3D Scan of a 34-million-year-old extinct species from Nebraska closely related to cats, courtesy of the Florida Museum
Where are all the fish? And other questions that curators are asked
by Quentin Groom
A new ICEDIG project deliverable summarizes the policy component of the ICEDIG project website. This deliverable is composed of a dashboard showing the outputs of the institutional policy analysis that was previously carried out, along with further contextual information.
As you all know, ICEDIG is designing certain elements of the DiSSCo research infrastructure. Now, DiSSCo is looking to fill a scientific and a technical advisory boards DiSSCo, the new world-class Research Infrastructure for natural science collections is looking to fill two advisory boards!
One of the main challenges for ICEDIG is to find workable methods for mass digitisation. In the respective Work Package, a series of deliverables documents the state of the art in different methodologies. The first two of these deliverables have recently be published on our website.
The third ICEDIG all hands meeting was hosted in Helsinki at LUOMUS, the Finnish Museum of Natural History. ICEDIG work package leaders and project contributors gathered for four days of intensive work meetings, brainstorming sessions and workshops.
On behalf of all participants, we wish to extend our most sincere thanks to the Luomus team for the flawless organization of this event.
Using bioschemas to improve searchability of data on web pages dealing with data on the biological sciences
Applying markup to web pages makes them machine readable and searchable. Markup using schema.org vocabulary can be applied to web pages so they can be catalogued more logically and discovered more easily.
That is where bioschemas.org is filling an important niche. They are developing schemas that can be used to describe web pages on all aspects of biology, including medicine, biochemistry, genomics, phenomics and taxonomy.
ICEDIG project results are more than just project deliverables, they also include other research output related to digitisation.
Lead author Mathias Dillen from the Meise Botanic Garden, in collaboration with colleagues from the ICEDIG consortium and beyond, recently published a data paper in Biodiversity Data Journal for which they compiled a benchmark dataset of 1,800 herbarium specimen images with their corresponding transcribed data. The open source publication can be found here: https://bdj.pensoft.net/article/31817/
The fourth iteration of the SYNTHESYS projects started on February 1st 2019, including many ICEDIG project partners.