State of the Art in Digitisation - Part II

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Photo: 3D Scan of a 34-million-year-old extinct species from Nebraska closely related to cats, courtesy of the Florida Museum

Throughout the work on the latest developments and state of the art in digitisation techniques, the relevant project partners are releasing a series of deliverables focusing on specific ones and other aspects of the digitisation process. The first two of these have been summarized here.

Very recently a new series of those deliverables has been published on our website.

The first one is on the State of the art and perspectives on mass imaging of liquid samples, reporting on applications of conventional photography and automated imaging of specimens stored in liquids with a special focus on the labels. While the authors acknowledge that this is a especially complex storage type to handle, they recommend a process based approach of record creation with minimal data, combined with label imaging. Especially when data entry is partial or includes interpretation, the images provide potential for future use.

The second of the recent publications is on Rapid 3D Capture Methods in Biological Collections. It provides an overview and is designed to identify a) suitable 3D digitisation methods to achieve large scale digitisation and b) the issues which need to be addressed in order to increase 3D digitisation throughput using those methods. Accordingly, the report deals with 3D digitisation of collections, 3D digitisation workflow, 3D digitisation methods, areas of improvement, and draws up an ideal 3D digitisation workflow.

The last one is called Quality Management and Methodologies for Digitisation Operations and covers the image quality management methods across the digitisation methods examined in the related deliverables:

  1. Microscopic slides
  2. Skins and Vertebrate Material
  3. Liquid preserved specimens
  4. Pinned Insects
  5. herbarium Sheets
  6. Rapid 3D Digitisation of Natural History Collections

Each section describes the image quality management methods corresponding to the type of digitisation workflow including the quality standards that need to be observed, the quality assurance activities to be performed during and after digitisation, and the software and hardware tools which are used to support these quality management activities.

The work package is still due to deliver outputs on pinned insects, robotics, and herbarium specimens, so make sure to check back in with us regularly!

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