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.
We are establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types, giving online access to the specimen and lot-level data through our Data Portal and developing informatics tools for data analysis.
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The Museum's Library and Archives has digitised its oldest book, Historia Naturalis, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
An online platform for managing the process of uploading, curating, sharing and publishing biodiversity data online.
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The informatics group has developed a new online journal platform that is changing the face of biodiversity publishing.