|Title||SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization: From massive digitisation of Paris Herbarium to a nation-wide program |
|Publication Type||Presentation |
|Year of Publication||2014 |
|Authors||Chagnoux, Simon, and Pignal Marc |
|Keywords||crowdsourcing, digitization, e-ReColNat, Herbarium, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle of Paris, optical character recognition, SPNHC 2014, SPNHC 2014: Progress in Digitization |
|Abstract||The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle of Paris (MNHN) completed a massive digitisation program of the herbarium specimens (P, PC). Nearly 6 million images went online between 2008 and 2012. The resulting database records contain only a minimum set of attributes (scientific name, catalog number and continent of origin). As many more information is most often available from the photographed labels, optical character recognition and a crowdsourcing site have since been used to enrich the database without physical access to the specimen.
Building on the experience gained from these projects, a national program “e-ReColNat” was launched to extend the digitisation to the remaining herbariums and most zoological and paleontological types. The result will be available online for annotation and label retranscription to a broad audience mixing the general public and the scientific experts.