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Challenges and Opportunities for Mass Digitization in Insects: A Case Study from the Smithsonian Bee Collection Physical handling workflows for natural history collections can present a unique challenge for mass digitization.
Challenges and Opportunities for Mass Digitization in Insects: A Case Study from the Smithsonian Bee Collection
Physical handling workflows for natural history collections can present a unique challenge for mass digitization. Given the delicate nature of these collections, the handling workflows required, and the many different potential uses for the digital assets, collections such as these must be approached with careful care and consideration.
In 2014, the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History partnered with Pixel Acuity and the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office in their first attempt at a large-scale mass digitization effort focused on the bumble bee collection because of their importance and intense interest in the scientific community and the general public for native pollinators.
Based on issues identified during that first attempt, we modified workflows and built a more efficient “disassembly line” and subsequent “assembly line” to quickly process bee specimens but keeping everything organized when we revisited and completed digitization of the bumble bees in late 2019 and early 2020.
One of the challenges to mass digitization of insects and their labels is that unlike other disciplines where things are labeled in lots or labels are mounted flat next to the specimens (e.g., slides, botany sheets, etc.), individual insects are pinned and their labels are pinned directly below the specimens. The digitization consequences of that practice are that labels have to be carefully removed from the pins, the insect staged, the labels also staged (in order), images captured, and then the labels must be repinned in the same order they were removed and the bees put back in the exact same position in the exact same unit tray and drawer that they came from.
During this webinar, Dr. Shockley will discuss the lessons learned from the 2014 pilot study, the workflow and personnel required to improve the process, and how more than 30,000 bees were fully digitized in less than 6 weeks in 2019.
Why are projects like these important? Discover how digitization has enabled the public to access never-before-seen collections here.
All images used on this page are courtesy of the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Hannah Storch | Project Manager at Pixel Acuity
Hannah is a Project Manager with Pixel Acuity, specializing in cultural heritage digitization. After obtaining her B.A. in Classics and History from Grinnell College, Hannah attended Georgetown University, where she received her master’s degree in Art and Museum Studies. Her role at Pixel Acuity has enabled her to partner with institutions, embracing the opportunities that collection digitization brings to institutions and the communities they serve.
Floyd Shockley |Collections Manager at the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Entomology
Dr. Floyd Shockley is the Collections Manager for the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of collection management, logistics, shipping, regulatory compliance, purchasing, property management and IPM for the National Insect Collection. He participates heavily in public outreach efforts for the Department and is the primary contact for media inquiries and the general public.
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The DT Coding Series Part 5 and the Capstone Class have been postponed to late 2021. More information will be provided here, on our website, and via our
The DT Coding Series Part 5 and the Capstone Class have been postponed to late 2021. More information will be provided here, on our website, and via our newsletter which you can sign up for in the footer of this webpage.
This is the final session of the Digital Transitions Coding Series, the Certification Capstone course. This course will offer an extended look at combining all of the knowledge gained in the previous online sessions, and graduates will receive a diploma certifying that they have become coding experts.
The first five parts of the DT Coding Webinar series are introductory in nature. In this two-day capstone class, we will dive much deeper into AppleScript, Python, and the Capture One SDK. We will take on real-world coding use cases from scratch, including the pre-code planning, unit-testing small components of the overall solution, testing and debugging, and documentation. If you do not have previous experience with coding, in addition to the 5 previous webinars in this series, we will send you a list of free intro-level classes we suggest to arrive best prepared to dive deep.
$549 Registration Fee | $449 Early Bird Registration (use code ” CodingEarlyBird2020 ” at checkout through September 1)
By attending you will receive:
– Access to the Coding Jam at the end of Day 2 during which the instructors will spend 1:1 time with each attendee to critically look at their current coding projects and offer advice and assistance.
– FREE registration for our Annual Round Table (email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim)
– Invitation to an exclusive coding series Happy Hour
– 1 Year single-user license of Capture One Enterprise (available after registration, a $399 value)
All aspects of this class will be held online.
The 2-day training will be held via a webinar. Registrants will receive instructions to join and receive their unique join code.
The exact start and end time of the course is to be determined, but you can plan on the course being all-day during business hours.
An important note, while the first two parts of this series speak specifically to Cultural Heritage institutions, the series as a whole is directly applicable to high volume workflows of all types from e-commerce, to fashion, to museum/library digitization.
If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend checking out the 5 preceding parts to the DT Coding Series to this session before the certification (even if you have prior experience). This will ensure that all participants are joining the class at the same starting point. You can register before completing all parts, but it’s best if you have parts 1-5 completed before the 2-day training. (Parts 1-5 are free.)
Parts 1-4 of this web series do not require any prior experience with scripting or coding and are intentionally structured in a way to be friendly to beginner level programers.
Part 4: Getting Started with Python Step-by-Step (register for live session)
Part 5: The Capture One SDK (date to be announced)
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do I need to complete Parts 1-5 before attending the Certification Capstone?
While not absolutely necessary, we strongly suggest watching the recorded sessions of Parts 1-5 linked on this page. This is ensure all attendees have the same foundation for which we are building the certification.
2. Can I use the Capture One Enterprise license before the class?
Yes! We will process your license within three business days of your sign up and you can use the license for one year thereafter. Moreover, it is a one-year subscription, so includes any new versions of Capture One Enterprise (e.g. v21) released during that period. This is a $399 value included at no additional cost.
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