Bugs on line at Lincoln University

System will change the study of insects

TINA LAW
Last updated 18:00 03/02/2013
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From left John Marris, Di Wang and Stuart Charters with with a handful of the bugs that are now available online. Photo Supplied by Lincoln University
 More than 250,000 insects at Lincoln University have gone digital.
More than 250,000 insects at Lincoln University have gone digital.

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Lincoln University researchers want their 250,000 bugs to go digital.

Lincoln is the only university in New Zealand with an entomology museum, which houses an impressive array of rare and endangered insect specimens.

Bachelor of software and information technology graduate Di Wang spent the summer designing and implementing a software system to digitally scan and catalogue all of the quarter-million specimens, with Dr Stuart Charters from the department of applied computer science, under the National eScience Infrastructure Summer of eResearch Scholarship.

Entomology Research Museum curator John Marris said the system will change the way people are able to study insects.

''Insects make up around two thirds of all known organisms and the study of them is vitally important to our biodiversity and biosecurity knowledge. Having the museum collection available electronically will allow easy sharing of the data with other researchers and beyond''.

Researchers, museums and bio-security agencies, both nationally and internationally will be able to access the collection.

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