Natural history museums, through the research collections that they maintain, have been documenting the biodiversity of our world for centuries. These collections are incomparable treasure troves filled with specimens from the field expeditions of thousands of scientists. These museum specimens lie at the heart of some of the most important biological discoveries of all time. In addition to the specimens themselves, the data associated with these specimens (date, location, collector, etc.), represent an additional hidden treasure of priceless value. Specimen data forms the foundation for scientific studies spanning fields as diverse as taxonomy, human health, ecology, conservation, and management. As we enter a time when regions all over our planet are changing at a historically unprecedented pace, curating both these specimens and all accompanying information has become more critical than ever.
Historically, specimen data have been documented using hand-written ledgers, log books, field notes, and other records. As a result, these data were not easily accessible. CitSciScribe strives to engage the public and, with their help, make these data available to the world. With each transcription that is completed we move closer to providing a clearer picture of global biodiversity. As we work together to unlock this hidden treasure trove, we are unleashing the true potential of these collections.
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CitSciScribe is the result of the collaborative efforts of numerous talented and dedicated individuals from across all sections of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Learn more about these sections here: