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Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop a success!


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Monday, Sept. 16: Museum of Natural History rotunda, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Wednesday, Sept. 18: Vandenberg Room, The Michigan League. 8:15 - 5 p.m. View the tentative agenda. Or download a pdf version of the schedule.

Demonstration stations include:
Photo methodology for wet specimens: Mark O’Brien
SPOT imaging solutions: Dana Holcomb
Imaging in hand sanitizer: Sam Droege
LIghtroom/Photoshop: Sally Bjork and Rich Rabeler
Visionary digital: Roy Larimer and Ben Dumont

Drop-ins are welcome to see the morning presentations and afternoon demonstrations, but any lunches, etc. will be on your own. Travel to the afternoon presentation  at Varsity Drive is arranged only for the registered attendees (due to space contraints, registration is over), otherwise you will have to find your own transportation. There is a free taxi service from campus to Varsity Drive.

iDigBio, the National Science Foundation’s national HUB for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC), in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology, hosted the fifth in a series of preparation-specific workshops focusing on biological collections digitization.

The workshop focused on imaging techniques for fluid-preserved invertebrates and microscopic slides. The target audience included collections managers, curators, and directors in U.S. non-federal invertebrate collections with significant numbers of fluid- and microscopic-slide-preserved specimens. The primary goal was to prepare participants for imaging these difficult-to-record collection objects.

Workshop topics included but were not restricted to: 1) image file types and standards; 2) equipment specifically tailored for recording images of microscopic slides; 3) equipment specifically tailored for recording specimens of small, fluid-preserved invertebrates; 4) imaging software and tools, 5) open source imaging software and image processing software; 6) open source tools for data management; 7) open source operating system; 8) microphotography with and without a microscope; 9) lighting for imaging; 10) methods for specimen rehydration; and 11) workflows and strategies for recording images of fluid-preserved insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Sample workflows, hardware specifications, and comparison software features were available during and following the workshop through a workshop wiki. Workshop sessions will focused on practical application and demonstration.

Below are some images from the workshop: