GeoCASe 2.0 and the evolution of data from physical specimen to the digital
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As Principal Curator of the National Museums Scotland’s (NMS) 200 year old ‘Earth System collection, a collection of 70000 minerals, rocks and meteorites, one of my responsibilities is to ensure the collection puts its best foot forward into the Digital Era. So for the past few years, I have lead a team of volunteers and staff to data capture the entire collection. At the same time I chair the CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities) Earth Science Group which is helping to develop GeoCASe 2.0, the first international Geo-collections data portal, to exhibit this kind of data. I share here some thoughts about the evolution specimen data, the impact on specimens at NMS and the pros and cons of digital data.