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State of the art and perspectives on mass imaging of skins and other vertebrate material

van Walsum Myriam; van der Mije Steven; Wijers Agnes; Willemse Luc

The topic of this report is applications of conventional photography and automated
imaging for three-dimensional dry collections. No automated imaging solutions were found
for these types of specimens which is due to variability of material and complexity of
handling these specimens. Due to the variability of object types, shapes and research
interest, mass imaging for scientific purposes is not realistic. Imaging labels for data entry
and databasing purposes should be achievable. We recommend a process based approach
of record creation with minimal data, combined with label imaging. This can be done very
rapidly with minimally trained workers. The label images can then be used subsequently,
during a separate phase, for data entry. Especially when data entry is partial or includes
interpretation, the images provide potential for future use. It also has to be considered if
including the specimen in the image adds enough value to justify the extra effort. We also
provide decision trees to help design a demand based approach.

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