The digitization efforts are paying off..
Schrijft het gezaghebbend Sciencemagazine in een onlangs verschenen artikel
over het digitaliseren van de indrukwekkende hoeveelheid herbariagegevens door een van onze klanten, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
We Quoten :
“In a back room of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) here, Rochelle Safo handles preserved plant specimens with reverence. The brittle leaves and stems, dried and glued to pieces of paper, hold a wealth of knowledge that spans continents and centuries. Every 4 to 6 seconds, Safo places a new one on the conveyer belt so it can be photographed and digitally shared with the world. “On a good day we can do 3500 specimens,” says Safo, a digitization specialist who has been working on the project since it launched in October 2015. The NMNH conveyer belt system is part of a global effort to open up access to museum collections. No one knows exactly how many natural history specimens exist in museums and other research institutions worldwide, but some calculate it’s on the order of 3 billion. In most cases, the displays seen by visitors make up a tiny slice of this treasure; museum curators estimate that more than 99% are stored away from the public gaze. Researchers have for decades used museum specimens to answer questions about how species diverge, where they move around the globe, and how they respond to changing conditions. “There is more information about biodiversity in natural history collections than in all the other sources of information put together, outside of nature itself,” says Larry Page of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. “But it’s been mostly inaccessible.” Researchers wanting to study the specimens have traditionally had to travel from museum to museum in person, or else request that the specimens be mailed to them.”
En verderop in het artikel…. , We quoten weer 😉 :
“But with the new conveyer belt setup, the NMNH herbarium is producing images too fast for volunteers to keep up. Instead, the pictures are sent to a company called Alembo in Suriname, where professional transcribers type in the label data by hand at a rate of about 60 specimens per hour, according to the company. “
“The digitization efforts are paying off “.
Onze klant heeft inmiddels ook een leuk filmpje over dit project gepost.
Natuurlijk zijn we er bij Alembo super trots op een bijdrage te mogen leveren aan dit belangrijk werk voor moeder aarde.