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EOS – Establishing an inventory of specimen-rich collections

Sammlungskasten mit Pilzmücken (Mycetophilidae)

The entomological collections (insect collections) at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin comprise over 15 million individual specimens. The declared objective of the Museum is to make those collections accessible not only for scientists, but also for the public at large – ideally not just at the Museum, but from anywhere in the world.

The project "Erschließung objektreicher Spezialsammlungen" (Establishing an inventory of species-rich collections, EoS) was a major step in that direction. The project involved digitising our entomological collection, i.e. to inventorise them in a database, including digital images of the insect cases as well as important individual specimens.

EoS comprised three subproject:

  1. Large-scale digitisation of insect cases and individual specimens
  2. 3 D visualisation of small specimens
  3. Long-term archive storage of large data generated as par of the project.

The portal for the insect drawers was switched off for technical reasons after the project ended, but in 2022 the insect drawers were fed into the museum's new data portal and can be found at among many other great digitisations.

Core Data

Duration of the project:
01/02/2012 to 30/09/2015

Project partners:

Project funding:
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung (Berlin)

Project number:
Inno 02-2013000365

Final report: (in German only)