Developing a Collection Digitization Workflow for the Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Developing a Collection Digitization Workflow for the Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Creator

  • Author: Evans, Colleen R.
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Chair: Kennedy, James
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Chair: Moen, William E.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Chair: Johnson, Jeff
    Contributor Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: www.unt.edu

Date

  • Creation: 2013-08

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: Natural history collections house immense amounts of data, but the majority of data is only accessible by locating the collection label, which is usually attached to the physical specimen. This method of data retrieval is time consuming and can be very damaging to fragile specimens. Digitizing the collections is the one way to reduce the time and potential damage related to finding the collection objects. The Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum is a natural history museum located at the University of North Texas and contains collections of both vertebrate and invertebrate taxa, as well as plants. This project designed a collection digitization workflow for Elm Fork by working through digitizing the Benjamin B. Harris Herbarium. The collection was cataloged in Specify 6, a database program designed for natural history collection management. By working through one of the museum’s collections, the project was able to identify and address challenges related to digitizing the museum’s holdings in order to create robust workflows. The project also produced a series of documents explaining common processes in Specify and a data management plan.

Subject

  • Keyword: Museum science
  • Keyword: natural history
  • Keyword: database

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Evans, Colleen R.
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc500042

Degree

  • Academic Department: Department of Biological Sciences
  • Degree Discipline: Biology
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: thesi

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