The development of a digitising service centre for natural history collections
auto- mation, costs, Digitisation, imaging, IPR, logistics, mass-digitisation, natural history collections, out-sourcing, service packages
Digitarium is a joint initiative of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and the University of Eastern Finland. It was established in 2010 as a dedicated shop for the large-scale digitisation of natural history collections. Digitarium offers service packages based on the digitisation process, including tagging, imag- ing, data entry, georeferencing, filtering, and validation. During the process, all specimens are imaged, and distance workers take care of the data entry from the images. Te customer receives the data in Darwin Core Archive format, as well as images of the specimens and their labels. Digitarium also offers the option of publishing images through Morphbank, sharing data through GBIF, and archiving data for long-term storage. Service packages can also be designed on demand to respond to the specific needs of the customer. Te paper also discusses logistics, costs, and intellectual property rights (IPR) issues related to the work that Digitarium undertakes.