Digitarium closes in Joensuu

But the work continues! More details in the other articles below.

The research activities of Digitarium have returned to their original home at the Finnish Museum of Natural History www.luomus.fi/en, of the University of Helsinki. In 2018-2020 focus will be in implementing and coordinating the ICEDIG H2020 project.

Digitisation services and construction of digitisation equipment for external customers will be carried on by Bioshare Labs www.bioshare.com of the company Sertifer Consulting Ltd.

Digitisation exports from North Karelia to Berlin

PRESS RELEASE 2017-10-18

The company Sertifer Consulting Ltd has agreed with the Museum für Naturkunde of Berlin to deliver the museum an automatic digitisation line for pinned insects. This is a unique research instrument, similar to those existing in Joensuu and Helsinki.

Museum für Naturkunde has approximately 30 million specimens in their collection. Most of them are pinned insects, but there also are skins of birds and mammals, and bones and skeletons, etc. Their data needs to be made openly accessible through Internet, for the use of researchers, administrations, and citizens around the world. This can only be achieved through automated imaging, image processing, and artificial intelligence.

ICEDIG project proposal was successfully evaluated for Horizon2020 grant

Project proposal ICEDIG scored an excellent mark of 14.5/15 by the European Commission, ranking it first place among 39 competing submissions. ICEDIG stands for ‘Innovation and Consolidation for large-scale Digitisation of scientific collections’, and was a response to the H2020 call for Design Studies for new research infrastructures. Coordinated by the University of Helsinki, the ICEDIG project will run for a period of 27 months starting in January 2018 and completing in March 2020. The grant reaches 3 million €.

Digitarium’s technology presented at GBIF GB24 in Helsinki

A group of GBIF Nodes meeting attendees visited the mass-digitisation facility of the Finnish Museum of Natural History. Work on the herbarium sheet line was shown by its operators Pirkko Piirainen, Terje Hirv and Sanna Laine.

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.