|SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization: Automated mass-digitization line for individual insect specimens
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|Tegelberg, Riitta, Karppinen Janne, Mononen Tero, Sääskilahti Mira, and Saarenmaa Hannu
|automation, conveyor belt, digitarium, digitization, Finnish Museum of Natural History, insects, SPNHC 2014, SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization
|We present a novel solution for mass-digitization of individual insects. Each specimen will receive a unique ID, and the basic metadata including taxon name will be databased with the ID. A specially designed conveyer belt is being used in the imaging. On the imaging line, plastic pallets made with 3D-printers carry the specimens to the imaging unit. The insect is automatically imaged from above, and the labels attached to the pin are imaged from the side. The underside of labels will be visible through a mirror. At the moment, imaging line is applied to objects between 0.5 – 30 mm in length, and the peak performance is around 500 specimens /day.
This system is being used to process collections donated to the Finnish Museum of Natural History. Digitarium receives collections, and disassembles them, driving them through the automatic digitization line and placing them in units. After digitization, the specimens and produced data will be delivered in taxonomical order to FMNH. The original collection cabinets and drawers will not follow the specimens to the museum. From images, further metadata from the labels can be transcribed.