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Envisaging a global infrastructure to exploit the potential of digitised collections

Quentin Groom
Mathias Dillen
Wouter Addink
Lorenzo Cecchi
Elizabeth Ellwood
Rui Figueira
Olwen Grace
Anton Güntsch
Helen Hardy
Roger Hyam
Isabel Larridon
Laurence Livermore
Sofie Meeus
Jeremy Miller
Renato Panda
Jorrit Poelen
Cristina Rufino
Joaquim Santos
Ben Scott
Katja Seltmann
Heliana Teixeira
Maarten Trekels

Abstract

Tens of millions of images from biological collections have become available online in the last two decades. In parallel, there has been a dramatic increase in the capabilities of image analysis technologies, especially those involving machine learning and computer vision. Whilst image analysis has become mainstream in consumer applications, it is still only used on an artisanal basis in the biological collections community, largely because the image corpora are dispersed. Yet, there is massive untapped potential for novel applications and research if the images of collection objects could be made accessible as a single corpus. In this paper, we make the case for building infrastructure that could support image analysis of collection objects. We show that such an infrastructure is entirely feasible and well worth the investment.
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hal-03871553 , version 1 (09-04-2024)

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Quentin Groom, Mathias Dillen, Wouter Addink, Arturo Ariño, Christian Bölling, et al.. Envisaging a global infrastructure to exploit the potential of digitised collections. BDJ Open, 2023, 11, ⟨10.3897/BDJ.11.e109439⟩. ⟨hal-03871553⟩
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