To study tropical biodiversity it isn’t necessary to travel far. A long account of field surveys, expeditions and research resulted in extensive natural history collections worldwide. A lot of these samples were collected a long time ago and information is not readily accessible. Often, deposited specimens were never examined and many of these collections house species new to science. As part of BINCO’s mission to study biodiversity and make data available, we collaborate with museums and institutes to help fill this gap. A compartmentalized approach is taken where small and well identified blocks of the collection are studied, specimens digitized and data made available in databases. The subject of study is decided in collaboration with the institutes and is often in support of ongoing research and field work. Over the years BINCO developed a cheap and reliable approach to rapidly make this information available.
These projects are only possible due to the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers. Are you interested in working with us on our digitization project? Don’t hesitate to send a message to the project coordinators.