The main objective of the “Digitization of Historic Museum Collections from Taiwan Deposited in Other Countries” program is to collect contents about Taiwan that had been scattered overseas for many years. These collections include a variety of specimens, ranging from anthropology, botany to zoology, and they provide cultural data and biodiversity information of Taiwan more than 150 years.
There are seven sub-projects under the program:
(1) digitization of the historic museum collections from Taiwan deposited in foreign countries (including database for botanical collections);
(2) type specimens figures reconstruction of Taiwanese vascular plants (IV);
(3) databasing insect type specimens collected from Taiwan and housed abroad (IV);
(4) international cooperation project of studies on Taiwanese insect type specimens;
(5) study on the Taiwan molluscan inventories in the Great British Museum;
(6) a project of information exchange and research on Taiwan ethnological collections (Taiwan collections in Pitt-Rivers Museum and Cambridge Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology); and
(7) vertebrate database of Taiwan.
The project is a joint effort put forth by three institutes including Academia Sinica, National Museum of Natural Science, and National Taiwan University. The program proposed using digital techniques to preserve the overseas data of collections from Taiwan. The procedures for the digitization of the overseas museum collections consist of selecting an object, creating digital image files, editing its metadata, gaining of the rights to use, and storage and management. The project is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a network for integrating, retrieving and storing the overseas digital contents.