Wired: The Natural History Museum is going high tech to save its archive

Wired: The Natural History Museum is going high tech to save its archive. “London’s Natural History Museum is digitising its specimens – all 80 million of them. ‘We need to record them to create data in aggregate,’ says Vince Smith, the museum’s head of informatics. With the collection including everything from a blue whale skeleton to Martian meteorites, progress is understandably slow: since the project started in 2014, the museum has only digitised 4.5 per cent of the collection. Undeterred, the 11-person digital collections team has set its sights on recording 20 million specimens in the next few years with specially developed kit.”

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