Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Digital representations of the collection objects in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Falko Glöckler, Jana Hoffmann, Gregor Hagedorn

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-28 02:30 PM – 02:50 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


In natural history museums it has been generally understood that digitization of collections is a modern way to inventory, manage, analyze, present and share collection objects. Current ambitions in collection digitization tend towards full digital management. This is expected to be the most efficient way to handle huge amounts of records which will be processed in very different workflows in collection management systems. Nevertheless, the connection to the physical object must not get lost.
In the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) we pursue the strategy to reference both our physical and digital objects with stable URIs in our digitization efforts and to create physical interfaces to the digital representation of those objects by using QR-code labels. In parallel, these identifiers can be used for presenting our digital collection on the internet and for providing information for the semantic web.
In my talk I will present this approach with reference to a project dealing with the (mass) digitization of the entomological collection at the MfN and the included concepts for the digital collection management. Furthermore, I will present use cases of facilitating workflows in both collection digitization and management by using this approach.


Keywords:  collection management, digitization, landing pages (HTML, RDF), stable URIs, content negotiation, use cases, QR codes