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DOE! Mass Digitization of the Herbarium Collection BR at the Botanic Garden Meise

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The Herbarium BR of the Botanic Garden Meise received in December 2014 a grant from the Flemish Government to optimize its current scanning infrastructure and to outsource the digitization of the entire Belgian and African Collection (ca. 1,2 million specimens) by the end of 2017.
In 2015, we optimized our digitization equipment by replacing it with five new imaging machines. This new infrastructure has improved our workflow drastically, enabling us to digitize specimens five to ten times faster, resulting in high resolution and high quality images.
For the outsourcing of the digitisation different steps were already taken: preparation of the collection by adding a barcode to each specimen and restoration of the specimens if necessary. Picturae (an external company) started imaging in May 2016 with the use of a conveyor belt installation. The images are saved in Tiff format and stored in triplicate at The Flemish Institute for Archiving (VIAA). A Jpeg2000 and Jpeg file is stored on our own servers.
Since June 2015, our herbarium technicians started entering minimal required data into the institutional database (i.e. barcode, filing name, collector, collector number and country of origin). Up to now, more than 260.000 records have been created. Supplementary data will be added with the help of an external company and through crowdsourcing.
Our final goal is to make all images and data available to the public by the end of 2017 on a brand-new virtual herbarium.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21-Jun-2017
EventSociety for the Preservation of Natural History Collections - Curtis Denver Hotel, Denver, United States
Duration: 18-Jul-201624-Jun-2017


ConferenceSociety for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
Abbreviated titleSPNHC 2017
CountryUnited States
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