For SciArt listmembers interested in the history of scientific
illustration, Stuttgart's DSI database will be invaluable.
I'm embarrassed that I didn't know about it before Dr. Hentschel's
posting.  NB The database welcomes new entries and additions/corrections to
existing entries.

Science Gossip and the other  digital humanities projects listings in in
Sally Frampton's posting might also be of interest to SciArt members.


Karen Reeds, PhD, FLS
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Karen Reeds, “Mark Catesby’s Botanical Forerunners in Virginia,” in
The Curious Mister Catesby: A “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new
worlds, ed. E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott (Athens GA: University
of Georgia Press, 2015), Chapter 3, pp 27-38.

Date:    Tue, 3 Nov 2015 05:23:58 -0500
> From:    "Dr.habil.  Klaus Hentschel" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Digital humanities projects - a free international online
> "database of scientific illustrators 1450-1950" (DSI)
>  Dear Dr. Frampton, dear Dr. Belknap.
> many thanks for your interesting email with links to these three projects.
> I have had a look at the webpages of Science gossip. What I miss there is a
> way to search for names of the scientific illustrators identified through
> your marvellous crowd sourcing.
> You seem not to be aware that there is a free online international
> database of scientific illustrators, already containing more than 10.000
> entries of illustrators in natural history and the sciences active
> between 1450 and 1950. We have entries from illustrators from more than
> 100 countries, including nearly 1/3 of them from Great Britain plus more
> than a hundred from British-goverened India
>  A lot of them might also crop up in your rapidly growing database, and it
> would be perhaps a good idea to avoid that your volunteers start from scrap
> if they would get a lot more information
> available in our database. You can activate global searches in all 20
> search fields of DSI, and also search for name variants, monograms and
> abbreviations. Individual entries to illustrators found in our database
> can be linked with a stable url.  Perhaps we can continue to discuss a
> possible systematic mutual linking off list, but the information on the
> Stuttgart "Database of Scientific Illustraotrs 1450-1950" (DSI)
> might be of interest to all recipients of MERSENNE since it is
> illustrator-centered and thus complementary to your object- and
> classification-centered science gossip database. If you are interested,
> please check out
> our growing list of published sources already consulted, and - most
> importantly - the 20 field search subpag where you can also search for
> countries of activity, techniques, client names, patrons etc. pp.
> A brief description on how to use the database (even though the absolute
> numbers mentioned in there have more than tripled in the meantime) can be
> found at
> With kind regards from Stuttgart
> Klaus Hentschel
>  and
> -----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung-----
> Von: Sally Frampton <[log in to unmask]>
> An: MERSENNE <[log in to unmask]>
> Verschickt: Mo, 2 Nov 2015 6:03 pm
> Betreff: Digital humanities projects
> Dear All,
> Anyone interested in the use of new digital humanities tools –
> particularly the relevance of ‘citizen science/humanities’ – might be
> interested in three projects which are being produced in collaboration with
> the ARHC funded project Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen
> Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries ( andZooniverse (
> Science Gossip ( was launched in March of 2015, and
> asks participants to classify illustrations in 19th Century natural history
> journals in order to produce new historical and scientific information on
> historical species and the participants and illustrators in Victorian
> natural history. In collaboration with the Biodiversity Heritage Library, (
> we have created website which both improves
> the image search function of a key digital resource, while at the same time
> uncovering hundreds of previously un-researched participants in sciences
> from Geology to Archaeology. The project has been very successful,
> attracting ~8000 participants who have made over 400,000 classifications,
> accounting for 120,000 classified pages from 18 different journals. Science
> Gossip has also recently been shortlisted for theBSHS Ayrton prize, which
> is an inaugural award for websites which engage with HSTM material. (
> Orchid Observers ( came out of a collaboration
> between Zooniverse and theNatural history Museum and is the first project
> which utilized citizen scientists to both produce the data which goes on to
> the website, and analyse the data once uploaded. Launched at the start of
> the Orchid blooming season this year, Orchid Observers asked participants
> to upload images of orchids found across the British Isles, and once online
> for users to identify species and habitat, creating an essential new
> database of Orchid blooming for botanists. The users also have the option
> of classifying images of historical herbarium sheets from the NHM archives,
> which will allow researchers to compare historical and modern Orchid
> specimens.
> Constructing Scientific Communities is also developing Diagnosis Londonin
> collaboration with the Wellcome Library, a new citizen humanities project
> focused on the Medical Officer of Health reports for 19th and 20th century
> London.
> We welcome all your thoughts on these new projects – for more information
> feel free to contact:
> Sally Frampton (Diagnosis London): [log in to unmask]
> Geoff Belknap (Science Gossip): [log in to unmask]
> Berris Charnley (Citizen Science): [log in to unmask]
> Dr Sally Frampton
> Postdoctoral Research Assistant
> Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st
> Centuries
> 2nd Floor
> Gibson Building
> Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
> University of Oxford
> Woodstock Road
> Oxford
> OX2 6GG

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