[x3d-public] Museum Specimens Find New Life Online - The New York Times

Don Brutzman brutzman at nps.edu
Wed Oct 21 07:53:48 PDT 2015

Science:  Museum Specimens Find New Life Online
By ERIK OLSEN, OCT. 19, 2015

"Museums worldwide are spending millions to digitize their collections. The Berlin Museum of Natural History is undertaking one of the more ambitious efforts, using digital technology to create 3D images of so-called type specimens."


Includes embedded video "Digitizing the Natural World" by Erik Olsen (1:54)

Reportedly they shoot 3000-5000 photographic images per specimen and then present them individually, providing a user interface with arrows to move from view to view.  Zooming and full screen enable close examination.

Article links:

	Zoosphere Specimen Web Hub

	Project workflow

	(Example) Canthon auricollis

Images appear to be published under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license

Current Project State:
"The ZooSphere project is in a very early stage. Yet it already yields excellent results concerning the automatic high resolution image sequence capturing of biological collection objects. We preferably release all software and web components as early as possible, though they are still subject of frequent change. Thereby, we would like to gain early feedback and cooperations, to increase the efficiency of our work. You are welcome to send any feedback or suggestions via mail to: contact at zoosphere.net"

all the best, Don
Don Brutzman  Naval Postgraduate School, Code USW/Br       brutzman at nps.edu
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