Field Museum Needs Help Cataloging Collection

Steve Miller
October 15, 2018 - 5:55 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Field Museum is looking for volunteers to help catalog more than 100 years of scientific data.

When you visit the Field Museum, what you see on display is less than 1 percent of the collection.

People can now sign up to go behind the scenes -- Thursday through Sunday of this week -- to not only look at some of the 40 million other specimens but help digitize them. 

When the work is done, people around the world will be able to search a database.

"We might have a specimen - a photograph of a specimen,” Matt von Konrat, head of botanical collections at the Field Museum, explains. "And that will have a scientific label information on the specimen. Even though we have a photograph of it already, what we have not done is transcribe that scientific label information into our database."

That is what the volunteers will be doing: making a dent in the massive un-digitized collection.

Von Konrat says scientists worldwide will be able to look at the Field collection to study things like climate and changes in climate.

To register, click here.