Collection Digitization Funding Opportunity / Hi-Res MicroCT concept


Todd likes it too, although he’s super busy, he asked me to look in to it.

​Well, I think having a 3D model of any organism is valuable at face value, particularly because we can share the 3D models for research and education via services like Morphbank or via the DLIA Website, or perhaps even via DVD of data for sale.

The first step is obtaining the technical equipment to do the digitization, i.e., the 3D scanner and associated computer equipment.

I have no thoughts on which particular organisms should be done for science – although I have a few ideas on which ones should be done for commerce.

The way Kickstarter normally works is that the donor is promised something in return for their contribution.

You can have different compensation for different levels of contribution.

For example, if you donate $1,000, then perhaps you get a 3D printed gold-plated brass cicada in return:

For $20.00, perhaps you get one 3D printed in plastic polymer:

674x501_738971_608207_1350353664.jpg dragonfly 1 2 by ocb on Shapeways
Shapeways is the world’s leading 3D printing service and marketplace. Design, Prototype, Buy and Sell products with 3D Printing.
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I would suggest the way it works for us is we choose the most easily digitized and most palatable creatures to digitize and sell.

I imagine that a "lightning bug pendant" would be a hot seller. Who knows how it would turn out digitized – maybe something like this:

674x501_280671_132612_1338413387.jpg Spider in "Amber" by lensman on Shapeways
A spider trapped in amber is the sort of look I was aiming to achieve with this piece and, thanks to the way Frosted Ultra Detail is used, and 3D printing
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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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