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Traditional approaches to collection digitization
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11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich
Until very recently, almost all efforts to digitize insect (and other) collections focused entirely on capturing label data (retrospectively) and organizing it in a database (various custom collection database solutions have been developed and are currently in use).
Collections as data repositories
More than any other kind of collection, insect collections (and invertebrate collections more generally) are the primary source of data on the known distributions of species in space and time.
How collections are organized
Well curated collections have most specimens pinned, labeled, and sorted such that specimens of the same species are housed together in the same unit tray (or series of adjacent trays) within a drawer.
The challenge of specimen tracking
Current systems for tracking the scientific names and locations of individual specimens, using specimen-level databases and UID labels, work reasonably well, but because most specimens in most collections have not yet been databased, we have an opportunity to develop more efficient, alternative …
Scanning and Uploading Procedure - Slides
04 Sep 2012 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich, Brendan Oliver Morris, Obaid Sarvana, Felipe N Soto