The No specimen left behind: mass digitization of natural history collections special edition of Zookeys profiles and reflects on digitisation projects from natural history collections around the world. It brings together articles that explore digitisation initiatives in a broad range of environments, including large entomological collections, vertebrate collections, herbaria, botanic gardens and citizen science projects. Articles describe methods of capture, documentation and mobilisation of data, demonstrating practices that have matured rapidly in recent years.
Several articles draw on initiatives led by OZCAM contributors, including the Australian Museum and the Australian National Insect Collection.
Our collections hold enormous amounts of useful data, and the natural history collections community are getting better at accessing and mobilising that data. The editors comment that they “expect that in the next decade these data will become the new frontier for natural history collection management and research”.
Zookeys is completely open access, and all articles are freely available at: http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/issue/209/
- Building global collaboration for biodiversity intelligence
- Museums Australia Conference delves into the applications of Natural History collections