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Informatics at the Yale Peabody Museum

The Yale Peabody Museum’s Informatics Program, established during 2003, emphasizes adding value to museum collections by specimen digitization, automating georeferencing, and networked access to collection data. Informatics leverages rapidly changing technology for the benefit of the Museum and the broader scientific community. The Informatics Office and Computer Systems Office collaborate on a variety of projects toward the overall goal of digitizing the collections holdings.

Among the current Informatics initiatives are:

  • BioGeoMancer, an automated web-based georeferencing service for natural history collections; and
  • HERBIS (HERBarium Information System), which addresses herbarium specimen data capture methods and efficiencies, using high resolution digital imaging, web services for optical character recognition, natural handwriting recognizition and language processing;
  • ORNIS (ORNithological Information System), an initiative based at the University of Kansas to make georeferenced collection data available from 35 participating institutions through a distributed network of databases.

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