Digital Museum

Director of Science Prof Ian Owens and Dr Vince Smith talk to Google about how digitising the Museum's 80 million specimens will help scientists answer big questions about how human behaviour is affecting life on earth. 

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.

Digital collections programme

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.

Digitisation projects

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Power to the people

A team at the Museum has developed a Data Portal, giving the world digital access to the Museum’s collection data and research datasets.

Digital projects

Digital collections programme

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.

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