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Press Release 12-082

NSF Awards Second Round of Grants to Advance Digitization of Biological Collections

Funding will shed light on current "dark data," and integrate genetic, organismal, ecological information--past and present

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Photo of visitors peering at insects at the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at Arizona State University.

Visitors peer at insects at the Hasbrouck Insect Collection at Arizona State University.

Credit: Nico Franz


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Photo of Marasmius, a fungus in the tropical rainforest of Belize.

Marasmius, a fungus in the tropical rainforest of Belize, is important to its ecosystem.

Credit: R.E. Halling, New York Botanical Garden


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Photo of a researcher entering fossil locality data into a computer.

A researcher enters fossil locality data with georeferencing tools to reconstruct the past.

Credit: Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas


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Photo of field notes written by scientist Gertrude Burlingham during a collecting trip.

Scientist Gertrude Burlingham wrote these field notes from a mid-20th century collecting trip.

Credit: C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden


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Photo of a researcher entering specimen images into a computer.

NSF is fostering development of a partially automated method for capturing specimen images.

Credit: Peabody Museum, Yale University


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Photo of a researcher taking a high-quality image of a specimen.

Careful positioning of specimens and labels is required for high-quality images.

Credit: Paul L. Heinrich, Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity


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