January 26, 2022

New Video: The Impact of Digitizing the Smithsonian’s Botany Specimen Collection of 3.5 Million Specimens

Here’s a new video from the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office.


Given its scale and diversity, the Smithsonian’s collection of 154 million items presents a unique digitization challenge. This video showcases a conveyor belt driven imaging system digitizing up to 3.5 million specimens from the botany collections at the National Museum of Natural History at a rate of almost 3/4 million specimens per year!

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.