4 million digital specimens and counting | Digital Collections Programme

May 25, 2018 · blog.nhm.ac.uk

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The Data Portal of the Natural History Museum has passed 4 million specimens, representing around 5% of the Museum’s entire collection.

The Data Portal was launched in December 2014. In addition to Museum specimens, the Data Portal also hosts 5.3 million other research records and over 100 datasets from internal and external authors. The Portal is a platform for researchers to make their research and collections datasets available online for anyone to explore, download and re-use.

Since 2015, more than 12 billion records have been downloaded during more than 140k download events. More than 140 research papers have made citations of data from the portal and partner platforms like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

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