Digitizing 37 million objects takes a lot of time. Which ones go first?
Selection of collections for digitization
A selection of 7 million objects for object-level registration needed to be made from the entire collection. As a first step, proposals by scientists and collection managers concerning digitization of specific collections were gathered. Proposals had to state the expected benefits from having that specific collection digitized in regard to current research programs and collection preservation.
The proposals submitted exceeded the target set and so a ranking had to be made. Priority was given to collections that have a relation to the institute's own research, public or education programs, are of use in national and international biodiversity projects, are of economic or social importance, can best be digitized from a collection management point of view and/or are of good quality. The results of an online survey of stakeholders were taken into account when these decisions were taken.