The #UMMZ collections staff and students continue to work remotely, and have been expanding the digital footprint of the unit's nearly 15 million specimens. This work includes active databasing, georeferencing, and digitizing collections through National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, as well as general data curation to improve our knowledge of global biodiversity. These efforts are critical to maintain the research infrastructure necessary for biodiversity science and to expand the education and outreach information available to the general public. This is particularly important today as scientists from around the world work to understand the species that carry potential zoonotic viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2.
One example of this important work is the #oVertTCN. This multi-institution NSF-funded digitization project is creating and sharing CT data for museum specimens representing all vertebrate genera. These data are publicly available to scientists, educators, and the general public on MorphoSource.org and linked with collection records on iDigBio. The #oVertTCN project staff and students have been busy mobilizing this data for broader use, creating segmentations and 3D visualizations of specimens found in the #UMMZ collections. Some examples of these specimens are found at the link below.