Unlocking knowledge, unleashing potential
Although museums around the world hold large amounts of information and research, global collaboration and discovery is restricted by our ability to store and share data and research. Project DIG will help to unlock that knowledge—digitising Queensland Museum’s datasets in a process that will see scientists and communities exploring and engaging with data in ways not before possible, unleashing its potential. This will eventually be expanded to include everything from our largest dinosaur bones to the smallest ammonite. It’s an exciting but extensive task. In partnership with BHP, QMN are making this happen—keep up with our journey of discovery here or @qldmuseum on social media.
The digitisation story
Project DIG sees BHP and Queensland Museum investing in digitising, visualising and sharing the Museum’s collections and research with the world—a world ready for ground-breaking, historically significant discoveries and innovations. To start the process, first we must consolidate a wide variety of systems . Once this is done we will increasingly use 3D scanning capabilities and interactive visualisation to create new resources that will be accessible worldwide . The five-year partnership will transform how the Museum stores, explores and shares its research and information. Project DIG will see significant data sharing across the world, enabling opportunities for today’s researchers and tomorrow’s experts to make discoveries of global importance.
South Walker Creek
Initially Project DIG will focus on the South Walker Creek site located 40 kilometres west of Nebo in the Bowen Basin, where fossils were discovered in 2008 by the Barada Barna people during a cultural heritage clearance at the BHP mine site. During annual digs over the past decade, extinct supersized species of mammals, reptiles and marsupials have been uncovered by Queensland Museum and BHP scientists. The first stage of the digitisation effort of Project DIG will take place at South Walker Creek as we build a picture of the discoveries, digitising fossil records and enabling the data to be accessed from throughout the world. Experts will begin by scanning and producing 3D images of the fossils, which will then be shared with scientists and the public the world over. Little is known about these exciting new species at this stage, and the digitisation process will allow new information and discoveries to be shared with a wider audience.