• The 3rd ICEDIG All Hands Meeting in Helsinki

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • An open access benchmark dataset of herbarium specimen images with label data

    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/

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  • Third ICEDIG Round Table meeting at NHM, London.

    The third ICEDIG Round Table meeting investigated how robotics could decrease processing time and costs, as well as supporting on-demand remote digitisation. The focus was on physical robotics and automated warehousing, not on software ‘robots’ or automated processes such as Optical Character Recognition. The use of Robotics and warehousing systems covers all stages of the retrieval and digitisation of objects; from preparation to the transport of the object to the digitisation space, the digitisation process itself, the transport back to the collection storage and all actions in between needed to complete the digitisation process.

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  • ICEDIG's second All Hands Meeting

    More than thirty participants came together at the Botanic Garden Meise in Belgium to participate in three intensive days of collaborative work on the ICEDIG project to tackle the many challenges for the digitisation of Natural Science collections across Europe and set the course for DiSSCo, the first pan-European Research Infrastructure initiative to position these collections at the centre of data-driven scientific excellence and innovation.

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