Poster for Imago specimen digital library poster at the Educause Annual Conference 2017 to be held in Philadelphia, PA on Nov 1, 2017.
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
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
• Zooarchaeology – 10K 3D vertebrate skeletons
• Can this architecture also be used for
generalized datasets from other disciplines?
IMAGO POSSIBILITIES AT UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
preservation of digitized
fossil collections. IMLS
grant to digitize 5,000
Wyoming’s rare fossil
UW Biodiversity Collections
• Neither content management
systems, nor aggregation
services provide preservation
means for digital specimens.
• Master images are not
preserved in context with
• 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
• Darwin Core Metadata.
• Permanent table PIDs for long-term use.
• Re-use of content via API access to collections with
Symbiota and Specify.
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
• UW Geological Museum ~40,000 fossils
• Rocky Mountain Herbarium ~850,000
UW Collection Management Systems
• 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
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.
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.