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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, geographi 0D90 c and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years.

Digital collections programme

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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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 museum blog

Catch up with the latest developments, techniques and technology being used to digitise specimens.

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