We have completed digitising the Museum’s birdwing butterfly collection. Images of more than 8000 specimens have been released onto the Museum’s data portal for anyone in the world to access. This digitisation pro ject has enabled us to gather accurate information about what we have within our collection and this new online resource will support conservation plans to protect endangered species for the future.
Continue reading “A kaleidoscope of beautiful birdwings”
Hymenoptera from the Cooper Collection that have been imaged and rehoused during 2018
Over the past year the digital collections team have worked on incredibly varied projects across multiple collections in the Museum. Continue reading “Digitising the Collection in 2018”
Bombus hortorum also known as the garden bumblebee displays a wide range of colour forms.
A bumblebee is any one of over 250 species in the
Bombus genus, whose name derives from the Latin for a buzzing or humming sound. We have been digitising the Museum’s collection of British Bumblebees in order to release a new resource to those researching and working with Bees globally. Continue reading “Digitising British Bumblebees |Digital Collections Programme”
The Museum’s Digital Collections Programme (DCP) was represented at a recent
John Ellerman funded Strategy Workshop for UK collections at M Shed in Bristol. The event, coordinated by Isla Gladstone of Bristol City Council Culture Team, brought together a range professionals from across UK museums and related sectors including the UK biological recording community, policy specialists, the BBC Natural History unit and informaticians to discuss the development of a coordinated approach to digitising UK regional museum collections. Continue reading “Borderless Collections – Starting a Collections Community (R)evolution | Digital Collections Programme”
Using our 3D handheld surface scanners to map the surface of a Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus)
‘Cetacea’ is the collective order for all whales, dolphins and porpoises. We have more than 2,500 specimens in the Museum collection, at least 500 from the UK strandings programme . Cetaceans are great indicators of wider ocean health – if there’s a problem lower in the food chain, e.g. plastic pollution, it concentrates in cetaceans. If cetacean populations are healthy, so are our oceans. Continue reading “What is a Cetacean and why would you scan it? |Digital Collections Programme”
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, Te Papa Collection https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/574
Sir Joseph Banks, Born 24 February 1743 was a collector of natural history specimens. He was an avid botanist and his collection included a significant collection of insects.
Continue reading “Bringing Joseph Banks into the 21st Century | Digital Collection Programme”
In collaboration with the NGO Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) we have begun a new digitisation project to digitise the Museum’s collections that occur in Malaysia and its surrounding regions.
This project will image specimens across a range of insect groups including stick insects, mantids, damselflies and crickets.
This project will image representatives for each species across a range of insect groups and will release the digitised specimens openly on the Museum’s
Data Portal. In addition, we will be digitally sharing these specimens and their data to our Malaysian colleagues for use through their own online platforms.
Continue reading “Digitising Malaysian species | Digital Collections Programme”
To commemorate the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute turning 25 in 2018, the Institute and its collaborators are sequencing 25 new genomes of species that reside in the UK and represent the richness of species in this country.
Continue reading “Sequencing genomes with the Museum’s Frozen Collection | Digital Collections Programme”
We are currently digitising the
Madagascan Lepidoptera collection, a project that has been supported by John Franks and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.
A drawer of Madagascan type specimens
The specimens imaged are ‘Types’ – specimens from which the relevant species was named and described.
Continue reading “What’s the difference between a moth and a butterfly? | Digital Collections Programme”
October 23 – 29, 2017 is and on International Open Access Week this tenth anniversary of the event, institutions have been asked to discuss the benefits of making data openly accessible.
Vince Smith, Head of Diversity & Informatics, the Museum’s signatory for the International data accord
Earlier this year, the Natural History Museum signed the International Open Data Accord stating that the Museum recognises the opportunities and challenges of the data revolution and adopts a set of internationally recognised principles support open access to our data. Continue reading “Open Access Week 2017 | Digital Collections Programme”