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11 Oct 2011 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Chris Dietrich
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 …
Traditional approaches to collection digitization
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 …