Image recognition as a tool for museum collections

collection of bird eggs

In the project Automatic image recognition as a tool for museum collections, Naturalis and several other Dutch museums are investigating the use of artificial intelligence for object registration in museums.  In this pilot machine learning is used to train several models on scans or photos of specimens, so that they learn how to identify objects.

On May 16 2022 there is  a congress in Naturalis about this project (in Dutch). 

Sander Pieterse (Project manager) sander.pieterse@naturalis.nl

Annika Hendriksen (Coordination) link

Summary

In this project, we are developing AI models for different types of collection. We also investigate  for which types of collections AI can and cannot  be used, and what is needed to develop a reliable AI for this purpose. Museums, both in the Netherlands and abroad, that lack the expertise to identify species by themselves, might benefit, too. Machine learning may be able to help them identify the objects in their collection. The first models can be found here (page is in Dutch only, currently)

Subprojects

The focus is on five subcollecitons in several museums. We develop models for recognizing butterflies, bird eggs, cone snails, masks from different cultures and the eggs of rays and sharks.

Involved
in this project

Project partners:

Museon

Rijksmuseum

Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam

Natuurmuseum Brabant

This project was made possible with financial help from the Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and NLBIF.

Roggenei
13 muggen door Anselmus de Boodt

Symposium
16 mei 2022

The first results of the project will be shared on a symposium in Naturalis. You can find more information (and sign up) here. The majority of the program is in Dutch. Congres op Naturalis