ETH Library Lab - Incubator for Open Knowledge Ecosystems
ETH Library Lab strives to advance information infrastructure and services for science, research and education. By boosting related ideas, practices and strategies, the initiative contributes to future scientific work environments.
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Identifying trends with the potential to reshape scientific information infrastructure and services.
Initiating interdisciplinary exchange to adapt solutions to the changing user needs.
Connecting talents with bold ideas to supporters for their innovative journey.
Bringing ideas to life to accelerate innovation processes within the library environment.
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The ETH Library Lab is a hub for multidisciplinary exchange and collaboration. We partner with individuals and organizations on the same mission: creating solutions for the sake of science.
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Global environmental changes pose a serious threat to natural ecosystems. Responding to these threats with effective conservation efforts depends critically on the accurate historical records that are digitised and published by natural history collections. Despite increasing demand for digital access to physical specimens, the number of taxonomic experts working on this process has been declining for several decades. New technologies have the potential for natural history collections to compensate for this shortage of taxonomic expertise and can accelerate the publication of accurate biodiversity data. As a cooperation of ETH Library Lab and the Entomological Collection of ETH Zurich, our Automated Species Identification project aims to develop a practical solution for the classification of specimens based on artificial intelligence and computer vision.
In the second part of a series of four articles, I will give an overview of the digital fabrication and additive manufacturing work environment. Sharing the most important steps in my learning process may help others to acquire similar knowledge and put it into practice more easily. I also describe how my research on 3D clay printing led me to create an accessible model collection for the Material-Archiv at ZHdK.
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