I’ve started work on a project investigating current practices in digital curation across a variety of scientific displines. The project is called SCARP, and falls within the remit of the UK’s Digital Curation Centre (DCC).
I’m working on a sub-project within SCARP called ImageStore, which has identified four case studies involving the curation of images, video and associated (meta)data used as primary objects within the scholarly work flow. It is entirely by coincidence that three of these case studies involve research groups at the Zoology Department at Oxford University, where I am now spending two days a week embedded in the Image Bioinformatics Research Group, and that my bachelors degree was in Zoology (at Cambridge) – it must be destiny 🙂
The ImageStore case studies are interesting – one involves videos of badgers and other species used as part of wildlife conservation studies, another involves video of tool-making behaviour in crows (you wouldn’t believe what these crows can do), another involves images of in-situ gene expression in Drosophila (fruit fly) testes, and another involves electron micrographs and tomographs (3D pictures) of Trypanosomes (they cause sleeping sickness).