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Digitisation Centre

Digitarium is a Finnish digitisation centre specialised in large-scale digitisation of natural history collections in Finland, Europe and worldwide. Digitarium serves particularly museums of natural history by digitising primarily herbarium sheets and insect specimens. General view on Digitarium’s services can be found from the Services page and a detailed description from the Wiki Service Description page. In addition to providing digitisation services, Digitarium is a centre of expertise for its focus on training, research, development and collaboration.

Digitisation Centre Digitarium was launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the Finnish Museum of Natural History (FMNH). Funding for the centre has come from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This development project has been further divided into segments (projects), which have been described in more detail below on this page and in connection with the Expertise Centre page.

Digitisation Centre Digitarium implements for its part the national digitisation strategy for the Finnish museums of natural history. This planning project for the Ministry of Education and Culture envisages how collections of the Finnish museums of natural history are to be digitised and data distributed through the National Digital Library.

Digitisation Centre Digitarium is a project within the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Organisation wise Digitarium resides at the SIB Labs research infrastructure unit of the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland. Digitarium’s organisational frame, SIB Labs, stands for bridging Science, Innovation, and Business. SIB Labs was established by the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) as a special outreach unit for channelling UEF’s research results, data, human capacities, and use of infrastructure to external customers. By its own merits SIB Labs is renown in photonics research. As part of SIB Labs Digitarium has access to this expertise.

Physically Digitarium is at Joensuu Science Park, on the Joensuu Hall of its main building, Länsikatu 15, 80101 Joensuu, Finland. Further contact information is available at the Contact Us page.

The digitisation process

The figure above shows the workflows of digitization process at Digitarium, including used external services. These workflows can be applied for different natural history specimens, ranging from mass digitization to 3D-imaging. An unique code (ID) is needed for recognition of a specimen during the digitization process and delivery of data. After tagging with ID and imaging, workflows are based on electronic information systems.

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