While the museum has an established Digital Collections Programme many challenges still remain in effectively digitising these specimens and extracting, linking and sharing their data. We will discuss some of the physical and digital challenges, our current approaches and plans for the future.

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SPEAKERS
Steen Dupont, Entomologist, Natural History Museum of London
Laurence Livermore, Innovation Project Manager, Natural History Museum of London

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AGENDA
18:00 - Tea, coffee, juice & biscuits
18:30 - Talk
19:30 - Networking, including food and wine
21:30 - Close

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SYNOPSIS
The Natural History Museum holds over 80 million specimens, ranging from tiny prehistoric shark teeth, massive meteorites and some of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary animals and plants. While the museum has an established Digital Collections Programme many challenges still remain in effectively digitising these specimens and extracting, linking and sharing their data. Over the past three years we have developed new semi-automated workflows and experimented with automated image analysis, text mining and machine learning on images of our specimens and related literature. We will discuss some of the physical and digital challenges, our current approaches and plans for the future.

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SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
Steen Dupont
Steen has been an entomologist for almost two decades at the University of Copenhagen, Harvard University and now at the Natural History Museum of London. For the past 3 years Steen has been involved in the Natural History Museum’s Digital Collections Programme (DCP) that is focused on the digitisation of and organisational infrastructure required to make the collections of the Natural History Museum digitally available to the general public and the global scientific community. With specific focus on data governance, collections management systems, imaging hardware innovation, LEGO and digitisation workflows Steen is involved in almost every aspect of the DCP digitisation effort.

Laurence Livermore
Laurence is an Innovation Project Manager in the Department of Life Sciences at NHM. He manages multiple projects and teams for the museum’s Digital Collections Programme, including computer vision research and mass digitisation projects. He enjoys working with data, promoting open access and collaborating widely to solve digital challenges faced by similar organisations.

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Will catering be provided?
We will be providing Sushi & Oriental Platters, with tea, coffee, water, wine, and juice.

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A treasure trove of nature: the advances and challenges of digitising natural history specimens - Advanced Programming SG
Date and time
16 May, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Location
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
1st Floor, The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
London
England
WC2E 7HA
Price
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