The new DigiWeb+ portal offers an online platform for digitization of natural history collections. In DigiWeb+, it is possible to browse images of specimens, and transcribe and verify information presented in them – anytime, anywhere. Using DigiWeb+, it is possible to outsource and manage digitization projects to trained digitization experts.
World's first automated mass digitization line for pinned insects is the title of the talk (PDF) which Hannu Saarenmaa gave at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, USA. Digitization was covered also in two other sessions led by iDigBio.
Digitarium has produced a new version of the automated imaging line of herbarium sheets. This version includes more speed, more automation and user-friendly features. The circular form enables only one person to operate the line. It is capable of imaging thousands of sheets per day.
Digitarium is participating in Herbadrop, an archival service for long-term preservation of herbarium specimen images and a tool for extracting information by image analysis.
Digitarium has delivered an automatic imaging line for pinned insects for the Finnish Museum of Natural History at the University of Helsinki. The line is identical to the one operating in Joensuu.
Four new research assistants have been recruited for distance work in the ESF project Digitisation goes rural. During the autumn 2015, the research assistants will test from their home offices the new DigiWeb portal for transcribing data from images.
These positions were filled only for a fixed period of three months for the purpose of testing the new system. There were a whopping 121 applicants for these positions, which demonstrates great interest in new, digital ways of working.
Ambassador of the United States to Finland Mr. Bruce Oreck visited Digitarium on 6 March 2015, during his tour in Joensuu.
The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in South-Savo has granted 155,757 euro for a new project "Digitisation goes rural". The aim of this European Social Fund project is to explore distance work in transcription of digital information. This is a joint project of Digitarium, the Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS, and the Joensuu Regional Development Company JOSEK.
A novel automatic imaging line for pinned insects and other small objects has been taken in production at Digitarium. Using the imaging line, an entire beetle collection of 15,000 specimens was digitised in two months.