“Fish notebooks” go global

Thousands of “fish notebooks” containing valuable research data are now available for online viewing around the world, thanks to a successful project between UBC Library’s Digitization Centre and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The effort involved the transcription of more than 11,200 records containing a raft of key data on the UBC Fish Collection. This collection, the third-largest of its kind in Canada, features more than 850,000 specimens and more than 50,000 DNA and tissue samples; some of the resulting records are more than a century old.

“This digitization project means that people can now look for factors in the environment that may drive the existence and co-existence of species,” says Eric Taylor, Zoology professor and director/curator at Beaty. For more information, visit the Library site.