- José H. Leal
Digital Imaging Project Launched
Last week the Museum hired photographers and computer graphics professionals James Kelly and Damon May, launching the core phase of its Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-sponsored Digital Imaging Project. James and Damon started photographing materials from our collection for online posting, as part of an endeavor that will make available about 9,200 collection lots (holdings) to researchers, aficionado(a)s, citizen scientists, students, and anyone interested in examining the images. Given the strict protocols for image recording and the standard views used in scientific illustration, photography of shells for collection-based research may seem boring when compared to artistic photography or more creative manipulations of digital images (See image attached with views of an Angel Wing shell collected in April 1948 by Dale Stingley on Captiva.) The formal style adopted in scientific photography allows for precise remote examination and accurate comparisons and studies of shell dimensions and proportions. Images acquired through the Museum’s 2.5-year long Digital Imaging Project will be made available globally through the collection data aggregator Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) resource, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.