Digitising slide collections
A project to create workflows and data pipelines for high-throughput, digitisation of the museum’s diverse slide collections.
We are using state-of-the-art equipment to capture images and extract data from a selection of our microscopic slides collection.
The pilot is to design workflows for 2 microscope slide digitisation workflows:
- Broad and thin mass digitisation for all 100,000 slides being imaged
- High magnification imagery for 20% of these slides including transcription needed for specific research projects
The pilot project is split into 2 main workflows:
This is the broad and thin high-throughput approach to digitisation. We have digitised 100,000 slides using the SatScan
A unique identifier (barcode) was attached to each slide a taxonomy and location record was in the Museum's collections management system with Using Inselect
Images needed for research on the actual specimen not just the data. Approx 20% of the slides will go through the high resolution Axioscan at 5x magnification and be fully transcribed by a digitiser.
- Focus: To develop workflows for the digitisation of microscope slides within our collections
- Funding: NERC / Natural History Museum
- Start date: 2015
- End date: 2016