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Miniature Lives Magnified: the Boopidae of Australasia

Main Project Information
Presented By DigiVol
Goal To make Museum Collections specimen data fully searchable online
Task Type in the specimen label data of digitally imaged insects
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Natural History Museum is on a mission to digitise the 80 million specimens in its collection. We want to make the information about the specimens we hold more openly available to scientists and the public.

Among the tens of thousands of microscope slides we have digitally imaged are the Museum’s parasitic louse slide collection consisting of 70,000+ slides, of which about 600 belong to the marsupial chewing lice family (Boopidae). Now we need your help to transcribe information from the specimen labels so that the data can be shared openly with the global scientific community on the Museum’s Data Portal.

Lice live on the outside of their bird and mammal hosts. They are highly host specific, with the majority of species being unique to a particular host species, off of which they cannot survive for long. Because their evolutionary history is closely related to that of their hosts, parasitic lice are frequently used as a model to study co-evolutionary processes. Co-evolution is the process that occurs when two species influence each other during evolution.

How to Join

How to take part

1. Visit the 'the Boopidae of Australasia’ on the DigiVol website developed by the Australian Museum and Atlas of Living Australia.
2. Register as a member of DigiVol.
3. Take a moment to read the tutorial, and learn how to transcribe the data from our microscope slides.
4. Now ‘Get Started’ to load your first task, entering the label data you see on the image into the relevant fields, and clicking ‘Submit for validation’ when you are done each task.

Thanks for your help - and don't forget that you can ask us questions in the Forums!

Project Timing Anytime, anywhere.
Social Media
Special Skills a computer, an internet connection, the ability to read handwriting, and the ability to type
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Tags boopidae, crowdsourcing, lice, marsupials, microscope slides, museums, natural history collection, phthiraptera, specimens, transcription
Project Updated 05/23/2018