Digitarium at ICE 2016

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.

New plant line for Helsinki

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.

EUDAT pilot project on herbarium image analysis

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.

New insect line for Helsinki

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.

Major interest in distance work

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.

EU BON and CETAF met at Digitarium

EU BON and CETAF informatics groups had an astronomically successful meeting in Joensuu 17-20 March 2015. The event coincided with solar eclipse and show of the decade for northern lights.

Ambassador of the United States at visit

Ambassador of the United States to Finland Mr. Bruce Oreck visited Digitarium on 6 March 2015, during his tour in Joensuu.

ESF funding for distance work in transcription services

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.

Mass digitisation of pinned insects

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.

Butterflies and climate change at the EGI meeting

At the EGI Community Forum meeting, May 19-23, in Helsinki, Finland, Yuliya Fetyukova presented a study led by the BioVeL-project partners at the University of Eastern Finland: "Large scale modelling of the distribution of butterfly biodiversity in Europe using the BioVeL portal on the EGI infrastructure".

Species distribution modelling allows determining variation among species and their shifts over time as responses to climate and environmental changes. Butterflies are good and viable biological indicators. They react quickly to changes.