Imaging of whole insect drawers for virtual management and curation of the Australian National Insect Collection

Beth Mantle *1, Nicole Fisher 1, John La Salle 1

1 Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is actively developing tools to deliver biodiversity informatics online, and accelerate collection management and delivery. One of these initiatives involves the use of ultra high-resolution imaging of whole insect drawers using SatScanTM by SmartDrive Ltd for upload to the web. This poster outlines examples and use-cases of whole-drawer imaging for virtual management and curation of Australia’s largest entomology collection, reviews observed technical and functional limitations of the system, and describes the imaging workflow that is being developed for managing the whole drawer images.

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