“With the help of the scanner, detailed images of large-scale thin sections can be made quickly and checked in advance on a large screen.”
Dr. Peter Königshof, Historical Geology and Facies Studies Section
The Senckenberg Society in Numbers
years of research
At the Frankfurt site, the society holds extensive scientific and book collections from various disciplines that are to be successively digitized. To implement this digitization project, the SGN looked for a suitable solution by tendering and opted for a book2net A1 Reprographic studio solution. At the moment, the scanning system is installed in the Department of Paleontology and Historical Geology in Frankfurt am Main, helping to digitize extensive amounts of data from various research areas. This includes the scanning of scientific archives in the form of literature, reports or unpublished research data but also the scanning of various objects in their collections (e.g. herbarium specimens or thin sections of rock).
Book2net designed a reprographic studio for SGN including a controllable lighting unit, additional book support and transmitted light table to meet the complex requirements of the collections. The installation took place in March 2021. Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the instruction and training of the employees by the book2net team took place online and was recorded. SGN employees can now refresh their knowledge of how to use the system or train themselves at any time.
The digital photographic documentation adds enormous scientific value to the scientific community, as these data are stored with the scientific objects in the corresponding collections and can easily be sent on request instead of the objects themselves, which are sometimes very sensitive. Thus, inquiries including the corresponding image documentation can be answered quickly. Although the images do not generally replace more precise analyzes on the microscope, these data provide excellent image quality and are also used for scientific publications, among other things. The book2net reprographic studio at the Frankfurt site is used by numerous departments for various purposes and represents an important addition to the institute’s existing technical equipment.
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