Assembling the Custom Components for Specimen Imaging

TitleAssembling the Custom Components for Specimen Imaging
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLegler, Ben
PublisherConsortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria
This document provides instructions for assembling the custom hardware components used for imaging specimens under the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria’s 2010-2013 collaborative NSF Grant. It is intended as a guide for similar projects elsewhere. However, the components described here are specific to our choice of imaging equipment and may not be suitable for use elsewhere. Also discussed here are the custom software scripts used for metadata capture, image processing, and image tiling. The tiling script creates a version of the image that can be viewed with the Gmap Image Viewer (, an online, open-source viewer created for use with herbarium specimens.