Mobilising the world’s natural history collections for the benefit of human well-being
We are embarking on an epic journey to digitise 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections.
Digitising the Museum’s collection will give the global scientific community access to unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years.
Over the next five years we plan to digitise a quarter of the Museum's specimens by establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types. We have created an online Data Portal giving everyone access to the specimen and lot-level data, and will develop flexible informatics and visualisation tools to analyse the data.
The Billion+ project
Our ultimate aim is to include data from more than a billion specimens held in museums and botanic gardens around the world. Combining this data with new modelling and data visualisation tools will allow us to carry out the largest analysis of natural history data.
Over the next five years we plan to digitise 20 million specimens, establish high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types and give everyone access to the digital collections via the Data Portal.
An online platform for managing the process of uploading, curating, sharing and publishing biodiversity data online.
The informatics team are creating digital tools to facilitate access, analysis, reuse and publication of biodiversity data.
The informatics group has developed a new online journal platform that is changing the face of biodiversity publishing.