Digitization shown on national TV news

All data on biodiversity will be available through the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility. See the news on TV 2017-04-11. (In Finnish. Wait for a while for the ads to pass.)

High throughput digitization for natural history collections

Call for papers is open for the BigDig workshop to be held in conjunction with the 13th IEEE International Conference on eScience, 24-27 October 2017, Auckland, New Zealand. Deadline for submissions is 30 June 2017. Digitarium is on the programme committee.

Open science recognised

Digitarium has received an award for promoting Open Science.

The award was granted by the Academic Rector Jaakko Puhakka of the University of Eastern Finland on 2017-02-24.

We are delighted and honoured for this recognition!

DigiWeb+ electronic marketplace for digitization services

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.

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.