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Museums Push to Get 'Dark Data' Into Light Through Digitization

Technology may be advancing rapidly in many fields, but many museums worldwide still do not have their collections of fossils easily searchable on-line. Specimens, called “dark data” are left in drawers, virtually hidden. There is an effort in the U.S. to bring this “dark data,” as it's called, into the light through digitizing museum collections. Paleontologist Torrey Nyborg is helping with the digitization process by going through drawers filled with fossil crabs and making sure...

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