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Use of European open science cloud and national e-infrastructures for the long-term storage of digitised assets from natural history collections

Nieva De La Hidalga, Abraham ORCID:, Cazenave, Nicholas, Agosti, Donat, Wu, Zhengzhe, Dillen, Mathias and Nielsen, Lars H. 2019. Use of European open science cloud and national e-infrastructures for the long-term storage of digitised assets from natural history collections. Presented at: Biodiversity_Next 2019, Leiden, The Netherlands, 21-25 October 2019. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. , vol. e37164. Pensoft, 10.3897/biss.3.37164

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Digitisation of Natural History Collections (NHC) has evolved from transcription of specimen catalogues in databases to web portals providing access to data, digital images, and 3D models of specimens. These portals increase global accessibility to specimens and help preserve the physical specimens by reducing their handling. The size of the NHC requires developing high-throughput digitisation workflows, as well as research into novel acquisition systems, image standardisation, curation, preservation, and publishing. Nowadays, herbarium sheet digitisation workflows (and fast digitisation stations) can digitise up to 6,000 specimens per day. Operating those digitisation stations in parallel, can increase the digitisation capacity. The high-resolution images obtained from these specimens, and their volume require substantial bandwidth, and disk space and tapes for storage of original digitised materials, as well as availability of computational processing resources for generating derivatives, information extraction, and publishing. While large institutions have dedicated digitisation teams that manage the whole workflow from acquisition to publishing, other institutions cannot dedicate resources to support all digitisation activities, in particular long-term storage. National and European e-infrastructures can provide an alternative solution by supporting different parts of the digitisation workflows. In the context of the Innovation and consolidation for large scale digitisation of natural heritage (ICEDIG Project 2018), three different e-infrastructures providing long-term storage have been analysed through three pilot studies: EUDAT-CINES, Zenodo, and National Infrastructures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Open Science Cloud, e-infrastructure, long-term storage, federated cloud, digitisation, natural history collections, ICEDIG, EUDAT, Zenodo
Publisher: Pensoft
Funders: Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2017 Grant Agreement No. 777483
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 12 June 2019
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:21

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