Digital Museum

Digitization of Indonesian Specimens in Museum Collections

Indobiosys not only aims at collecting new specimens directly from Indonesia but also browses through older natural history collections for additional material collected from the Indonesian archipelago.

Exemplary museum collections from Berlin are then digitized and selected individuals visualized in 2D and 3D (browse images below for some examples). The digital inventoried images of mainly smaller animals such as insects or snails make museum collections more easily accessible for biodiversity discovery in the framework of Indobiosys.

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Digitization of museum specimen: A digitized moth specimen from the butterfly collection in Berlin. Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN Berlin
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Digitization of museum specimen. Museum specimens are always handled with care. Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN-Berlin
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SatScan: Preparing an insect drawer for SatScan (shown in the background). Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN-Berlin
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SatScan: Images are captured using a SatScan collection scanner, which is capable of producing high-resolution images of entire collection drawers. Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN-Berlin
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SatScan: Whole-drawer image of butterflies.
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SatScan: Whole-drawer image of snails.
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Zoosphere: A tool for automated spheric image capturing and interactive 3D visualization of biological collection objects (www.zoosphere.net). Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN-Berlin
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Zoosphere: A tool for scientists, especially taxonomists, to speed up and improve their research. Copyright: B. Schurian, MfN-Berlin
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Zoosphere: Example of a digitized image (a 3D model of Eucorysses iris can be viewed on www.zoosphere.net)
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Zoosphere: Example of a digitized image (a 3D model of Pancala eos can be viewed on www.zoosphere.net)