- The development of increased access to the Great Lakes region Flora and Fauna portions of the Museums collections.
- The development of an extensible infrastructure for putting Natural History collections online. The project explored, prototyped and tested tools for using the online resources for a variety of scholarly and educational purposes.
The project resulted in the creation of 12 distinct digital collections that allow users to access materials selected from the Fish and Mammal Divisions of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and the Fungus Collections of the University of Michigan Herbarium. This system represents a working prototype that could provide integrated access to all of the U-M Museum Divisions' collections and additional content such as field notes and other supplementary information. It is intended to facilitate access to the collections for the general user, as well as the specialist interested in searching across domains.
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