Where’s That Specimen?

The collections databases are linked to a geographic information system (GIS) map of both repository buildings. This allows us to find information about each specimen when in the repository, and also to know where it is located within the buildings of the repository.

Current developments include on-line access to enable virtual browsing of the specimens with whole drawer images. Click on the contents panel and you can connect to a database and see the test drawer images.

The GIS linked system improves our emergency management and will enhance our pest management. For example, we can locate zones susceptible to concrete moisture ‘weeping’ and ensure that any cabinets in those areas are raised off the floor surface. We can also monitor areas with noticeable pests and target mitigation procedures more effectively.