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Imago: An Open-Source Repository for Born-Digital Scientific Collections

Imago: An Open-Source Repository for Born-Digital Scientific Collections

Poster for Imago specimen digital library poster at the Educause Annual Conference 2017 to be held in Philadelphia, PA on Nov 1, 2017.

Robert H. McDonald

October 29, 2017
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  1. Chad Hutchens, Head of Digital Collections, University of Wyoming Libraries
    Jennifer Laherty, Head of Sciences, Indiana University Libraries
    Robert H. McDonald (@mcdonald), Associate Dean for Research & Technology Strategies/Deputy Director D2I Center, Indiana University
    Imago: An Open-Source Repository for Born-Digital Scientific Collections
    BACKGROUND
    DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES
    Imago is a digital library/preservation solution to capture
    born-digital scientific specimen collections for your
    institutional repository. This open-source application
    powered by a Samvera/Fedora repository solution is the
    result of a collaboration between research libraries and
    biological collection curators across multiple
    institutions. This poster shows possibilities for bio-
    collections for IU and UW.
    IMAGO AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY
    IU Biological Specimen Collections
    • Herbarium – 130K pressed plant specimens
    • Paleontology – Currently 2,500+ fossils
    potential for 1.3M specimen lots/5M total
    fossils
    • Zooarchaeology – 10K 3D vertebrate skeletons
    • Can this architecture also be used for
    generalized datasets from other disciplines?
    IMAGO POSSIBILITIES AT UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Dissemination &
    preservation of digitized
    fossil collections. IMLS
    grant to digitize 5,000
    specimens from
    Wyoming’s rare fossil
    mammal collection.
    UW Biodiversity Collections
    SUMMARY
    REFERENCES
    • Neither content management
    systems, nor aggregation
    services provide preservation
    means for digital specimens.
    • Master images are not
    preserved in context with
    metadata
    • No agreed upon standards for
    file preservation, file format,
    technical metadata, etc.
    UW COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT
    • IIF 3D Viewer integration for Imago specimens.
    • Advanced access controls for lab management and
    distribution.
    • Darwin Core Metadata.
    • Permanent table PIDs for long-term use.
    • Re-use of content via API access to collections with
    Symbiota and Specify.
    Highlights
    UW Geological Museum
    • Laherty, J. and Motz, G. (2016) Boundless Use of Indiana University's Biological
    Research Collections Possible in Partnership with IU Libraries. Paper presented
    at: IFLA WLIC. http://library.ifla.org/id/eprint/1958
    • McDonald, R.H. and Hutchens, C. (2017). A New Ecosystem for Biodiversity Data:
    An Open Source Repository for Born Digital Scientific Collections. ACRL Annual
    Conference, Baltimore, MD. http://hdl.handle.net/2022/21781.
    • Stewart, C.A., Cockerill, T.M., Foster, I., Hancock, D., Merchant, N., Skidmore, E.,
    Stanzione, D., Taylor, J., Tuecke, S., Turner, G., Vaughn, M., and Gaffney, N.I.,
    Jetstream: a self-provisioned, scalable science and engineering cloud
    environment. 2015, In Proceedings of the 2015 XSEDE Conference: Scientific
    Advancements Enabled by Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure. St. Louis,
    Missouri. ACM: 2792774. p. 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2792745.2792774
    • Imago is based on the Fedora/Samvera digital library and repository architecture
    (http://fedorarepository.org | https://samvera.org).
    • UW Museum of Vertebrates ~ 9.000
    specimens
    • UW Geological Museum ~40,000 fossils
    • Rocky Mountain Herbarium ~850,000
    specimens
    UW Collection Management Systems
    •Arctos (http://arctosdb.org)
    •Specify (http://specifyx.specifysoftware.org)
    •Symbiota (http://symbiota.org)
    • Documenting mass extinction and recovery of
    mammals during the K-PG extinction.
    • Using digital microscopy, focal stacking, and
    image tiling to generate 2D and 3D imagery.
    IU USE OF IMAGO
    Imago
    IU Herbarium Use Case
    • The current key use case for Indiana University
    is the IU Herbarium.
    • The herbarium uses Imago to make their
    specimens available for use with Symbiota and
    Specify and eventually as a part of the
    Consortium of Midwest Herbaria portal.
    • http://imago.indiana.edu
    •CMH Portal
    http://midwestherbaria.org/portal/index.php
    Digital Biodiversity Preservation Issues
    • Samvera/Fedora architecture achieves a
    generalized sustainable digital library
    repository solution for biological specimens.
    • This architecture can be maintained in
    scientific cloud architectures like Jetstream.
    #EDU17
    #IMAGO

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