New York Times: Using Computer Vision to Create A More Accurate Digital Archive. “This video series from R&D features team members describing their roles, processes and the specific technical challenges they encounter while building and shipping projects. Along with each episode, we’ll share relevant background, resources, references and advice for anyone interested in creating something similar or learning more…. In this episode, R&D Intern Lasse Nordahl explains the process of converting over 10 million scanned images of articles from The Times’s archive into machine-readable text.”
Phys .org: Southeastern US herbaria digitize three million specimens, now freely available online. “A network of over 100 herbaria spread out across the southeastern United States recently completed the herculean task of fully digitizing more than three million specimens collected by botanists and naturalists over a span of 200 years…. In a new study published in the journal Applications in Plant Sciences, researchers involved in the project analyzed the rate at which specimens could be reliably photographed, digitized, and databased to assess how much similar efforts might cost in the future.”
Florida Museum of Natural History: iDigBio receives $20 million from NSF to sustain U.S. museum digitization efforts
Florida Museum of Natural History: iDigBio receives $20 million from NSF to sustain U.S. museum digitization efforts. “The National Science Foundation has awarded iDigBio nearly $20 million to continue its mission of digitizing natural history collections nationwide, making them available online to researchers, educators and community scientists around the world.”
Sanibel Captiva: Shell museum to present special photography exhibit. “The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum announced its new exhibition, titled ‘In Focus: Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells,’ will be on display May 29 through Nov. 28. Science Director and Curator Dr. José H. Leal has been leading a project for the museum to build a publicly accessible photo archive of its shell collection. The exhibition photographs were taken for the Digital Imaging Project, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.” I love that they took the photography process and turned it into an exhibit!
The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record
The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record. “A light thump and/or slight crackle are often the first sounds heard when ‘Play’ is pressed for audio files on the Bandcamp page Kelly Russell established for his production company, Pigeon Inlet Productions. It’s an odd noise to hear on a WAV file or MP3. But there’s a reason. Russell recently uploaded his out-of-print vinyl collection to the internet as a way to preserve the songs, jigs, reels and recitations he had carved into wax beginning 42 years ago.”
Central Jersey: Historical Society of Princeton digitizes 300 at-risk oral history recordings. “Collections transferred include: Interviews conducted by the Princeton History Project, an oral history initiative during the 1970s and 1980s that documented the stories of Princeton residents alive at the turn-of-the-century; Interviews conducted by author Jamie Sayen in the 1970s with Albert Einstein’s Princeton friends and colleagues that provide an intimate look at a man with New Jersey connections and worldwide appeal; and Oral histories from the residents of Princeton’s historic African American and Italian American communities, including interviews conducted by author Kathryn Watterson for her award-winning book ‘I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton,’ published by the Princeton University Press in 2017.”