Setting 4.5 billion years of Natural History Data free

A session at Over the Air 2016

Friday 25th November, 2016

3:30pm to 4:25pm (GMT)

The Natural History Museum in London is embarking on an epic journey to digitise 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections - documenting 4.5 billion years of life, the Earth and the solar system. Almost all animal, plant, mineral and fossil groups are represented.

Digitising the Museum’s collection will give the global scientific community access to unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years. We are committed to open access and open science.

Over the next five years we plan to digitise a quarter of the Museum's specimens by establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types.

We have created an online Data Portal (http://data.nhm.ac.uk/) giving everyone access to the specimen and lot-level data, and will develop flexible informatics and visualisation tools to analyse the data.

In this session, we will introduce you to our Data Portal and our open APIs to the world's natural history data. We will describe some of the digitisation challenges we face, and our desire to make this not only an indispensable source of data for researchers & scientists world wide, but also a source of information and knowledge for the amateur, the student, and the curious.
*The Digital Collections Programme: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science...

We will show case our iCollections database in particular.
*The story: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science...
*The data: http://tinyurl.com/iCollectionsData

And finally, we will present to your our Natural History Data Challenge for the Hackathon - how can you help set the world's natural history data free?

This session and Hackathon Challenge are supported by the SYNTHESYS project, which encompasses a wide range of natural history collections across all of Europe: http://www.synthesys.info/

About the speakers

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Margaret Gold

All for Science and Science for All - Citizen Science, Mobile & Web, STEAM & hacking for science

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Ben Scott

Innovation & open data hacker at the Natural History Museum. Built http://data.nhm.ac.uk & co-founder of @richseam. bio from Twitter

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Laurence Livermore

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8 attendees

  • Ben Scott
  • Craig Heath
  • Jason Neylon
  • Jo Pearce
  • Laurence Livermore
  • Martin Wink
  • Claire Christmas
  • Margaret Gold

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  • Lawrence Archard

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Over the Air 2016

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25th26th November 2016

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Time 3:30pm4:25pm GMT

Date Fri 25th November 2016


Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

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