Most people know that the University of California at Berkeley is a world-class research university. Some folks have heard of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
But not so many people know that the university houses seven natural history museums which together hold 12 million specimens that form the most complete representation of our state’s living and extinct plants and animals. Our new work with Cal is designed to help change that. The Ecoengine is a powerful resource for understanding changing ecosystems, more than ever a crucial challenge for our times.
The University has reported Stamen’s work has already influenced the Berkeley research community. For researchers, some have for the first time been able to see their collections geolocated and found new insight to their work. For archives, this accessible interface has produced new incentives to digitize their collections. Collections are being added to the database at an unexpected pace.
"Our diverse team’s efforts on the Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine were integrated into comprehensive interactive online applications by Stamen Design, a unique challenge that their technologists were adept at handling! Personally I was impressed by their responsive and professional team and enjoyed interacting with all of them. Dedication to respecting the data, user experience and solid design principles were evident every step of the process. We learned much from them and want to continue collaborations in the future. " —Michelle Koo, Staff Curator of Biodiversity Informatics, Chair of BNHM Informatics