The BigDig workshop will focus on high-throughput digitization, driven by the keen need to move the world’s physical collections into the digital realm where they are safer from the ravages of time, can be used by larger numbers of scientists and the public, and can contribute in new ways to the study of biodiversity.  Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Digitization technologies for high-throughput 2D and 3D capture of collection objects
  • Instrumentation strategies and algorithms
  • Specimen handling, label information capture, OCR, crowd-sourced label transcription, 3D reconstruction
  • Digitization requirements, metadata, image and 3D fidelity, time and resource constraints, speed
  • Workflows for high-throughput digitization of natural history collections
  • Data management for large and perhaps distributed digital collections of such data
  • Interface requirements, issues, and solutions both for scientific research and for public outreach to extremely large virtual collections
  • Applications of the resulting data resource to potentially new science and approaches as evidenced by theoretical models, case studies, parallels with existing similar data resources

Authors are invited to submit unpublished, original work, using the IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines: double-column text using single-spaced 10-point font on 8.5 x 11 inch pages.  Templates are available from

The proceedings of this workshop will be included in the eScience 2017 proceedings to be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, USA and made available online through the IEEE Digital Library.

We will be accepting submissions for:

  • Full research papers for oral presentation (up to 10 pages) will focus on new research achievements in high throughput digitization methods, technologies, and applications.
  • Experience papers for oral presentation (up to 10 pages) will focus on practical outcomes of applying high throughput digitization to existing collections.
  • Poster submissions may focus on early stage results with the aim of fostering exchange of ideas and professional networking (up to 2 pages).  IMPORTANT NOTE: Posters will be submitted directly to the eScience conference:

Authors of papers (not posters) should submit a PDF to is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted paper attend the conference.

Deadline for submission / Important Dates (midnight anywhere on Earth):

  • Submission Due: Friday, 14 July 2017 NEW
  • Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, 11 August 2017 NEW
  • Camera Ready Due: Friday, 25 August 2017 NEW