Connecting the dots: Natural Science Collections and the Web

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Connecting the dots: Natural Science Collections and the Web

  1. 1. Connecting the dots… …natural science collections and the webEd BakerDepartment of Entomology, Natural History Museum Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  2. 2. The Informatics Landscape Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  3. 3. An ecosystem of projectsIntroduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  4. 4. An ecosystem of projectsIntroduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  5. 5. How do we join in?Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  6. 6. Some golden rules• If it’s not online then it doesn’t exist• Something is better than nothing• It will never be perfect… …deal with it (it will still be useful) Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  7. 7. If it’s not online it doesn’t exist!“… the rate of progress by the UK taxonomic institutionsin digitising and making collections information available is disappointingly low. Unless a more strategic view is taken... there is asignificant risk of damage to the international reputation of major institutions” Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  8. 8. If it’s not online it doesn’t exist!X X X Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  9. 9. Something is better than nothing• It’s ok to put incomplete data on the web – as long as you’re honest about it• Data doesn’t need to be perfect to go online • “bad” photographs can still be useful • it is better to put ‘orphaned’ files and data online than have it inaccessible Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  10. 10. It will never be perfect….“At present rates it would take approximately 900 years to get the data off the Natural History Museum’s 70 million specimens, and 500 years to take the pictures.”Blagoderov & Smith 2011 Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  11. 11. It will never be perfect….• We can’t wait that long• We need to come up with a new way• Industrialise digitisation Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  12. 12. ….dealing with it• Move the focus from specimens to drawers, large images, high resolution• Develop new technologies to interact with and annotate giant images Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  13. 13. Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  14. 14. Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  15. 15. Going socialIntroduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  16. 16. 1 2 3Your data Uploaded & “Published” & reviewed tagged on your siteFast Intuitive Fit for use Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  17. 17. Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  18. 18. >18K specimen records >276M specimen records(local small scale coverage) (worldwide coverage) Introduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  19. 19. Mar. 2007 - Dec. 2010 25 May, 2011 239 sites 3212 users 371,947 nodesIntroduction > Uses > Golden Rules > Digitisation > Social
  20. 20. Questions?

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