Herbarium Digitisation at Kew

Max Communications is at the forefront of a significant herbarium digitisation project at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Currently ahead of schedule, the project involves digitising, transcribing, and recording metadata from a collection of over six and a half million plant specimen sheets. Leveraging the capabilities of Max Communications' bespoke project management software, Themis, the team is maintaining high levels of accuracy and productivity. The project, using thirty-eight staff members, captures over 17,000 images daily, with cloud-based software ensuring seamless remote transcribing. It has unveiled historical treasures, including specimen sheets signed by Charles Darwin, dating back to 1794. This initiative underscores the crucial role of digitisation in preserving essential archives and botanical history and the effectiveness of cutting-edge software in successful project management.