Museu Nacional - UFRJ

1° Workshop ColDigi

Natural History and Anthropology Collections at the Digital Age

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Coordination: Cristiana Serejo

Local Chair: Asla Medeiros de Sá

Funding: British Council

Dates: 26-27th August, 2019

Site and support: Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Praia de Botafogo, 190, 12° floor auditorium.


Scientific collections are the basis for scientific development and technological innovation in the areas of biodiversity, environment, anthropology, health and agriculture. These depositories of biological and anthropological material are home not only for collected and studied artifacts, but also the associated information in a context of time and space. In the case of biological collections, when associated with climate, meteorological and edaphic data, among others, information is essential for understanding life on our planet (past and present) and for the projecting future scenarios. As for anthropological collections, they can reveal techniques, materials and cultural knowledge of the social diversity, and be associated with demands for citizenship and public policies of education, health and land. In this context, strategic actions on digitization, safeguard and disposal of collection data available on open platforms have been the trend in recent years. Such measures, coupled with the new digital technologies, allow fast and reliable characterization of collections, provide efficient management procedures with traceability of samples and associated information and are essential to promote data preservation and accessibility by providing wider longevity through the reduction of handling materials. Open data access increases visibility enormously and solidifies the relevance of institutions, while enabling a wider articulation between collections and patrimonial politics of preservation and cultural and scientific diffusion. In the present workshop we will discuss the State of the art of scientific collections of natural history and anthropology from National Museum and related institutions, combined with the new digital technologies that have been incorporated in recent years. At the forefront of this follow-up is the Natural History Museum of London, which will present the progress of projects on natural history museums and scientific institutions data in Europe in the scope of the projects DISSCO and Synthesys


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August 26

08:00 - 9:00

Arriving & Welcome Coffee

 9:00 - 9:10


Director of EMAp - Fundação Getulio Vargas

Cesar Camacho

 9:10 - 9:20


Director of the British Council

Martin Dowle

 09:20 - 9:40


Recovering of the Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Alexander Kellner – Director of Museu Nacional

Collection Digitalization & Partnership with the Natural History Museum, London

 9:40 - 10:00


Overview of the Project: Digitalization of Museu Nacional Collections

Cristiana Serejo


Coffee break

10:30 -11:10

Director of Natural History Museum, London

Michael Dixon

Rescue, Anthropology, Geology & Paleontology Collections - State of the Art in the digital era

 11:10 - 11:40


Rescue and overview of the Biological Anthropology Collection - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Claudia Carvalho

 11:40 - 12:10


Geology and Palaeontology Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Luciana Carvalho

 12:10 - 12:40


Ethnology Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

João Pacheco

12:40 - 12:50




Zoology Collections - State of the Art in the Digital Era

 14:00 - 14:30


Invertebrate Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Cristiana Serejo

 14:30 - 15:00


Entomology Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Leonardo Gil Azevedo 

 15:00 - 15:30


Zoology Collections - Museu de Zoologia de São Paulo (MZUSP)

Eliana Cancello

 15:30 - 16:00


Vertebrate Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Marcelo Britto

16:00 - 16:15



Coffee break

Herbarium - State of the Art in the Digital Era

 16:45 - 17:15


Project Reflora – Botanic Garden, Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ)

Rafaela Forzza

17:15 - 17:45

Herbarium of Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Nilber Gonçalves da Silva

17:45 - 18:00




August 27

Collections & Digital Technologies from the Natural History Museum, London

 9:00 - 9:40


Natural History Museum Collections

Clare Valentine

 9:40 - 10:20



Vincent Smith (NHM)

10:20 - 10:30



Coffee break

11:00 - 11:30

Tainacan Program

Dalton Martins

11:30 - 12:00

Archeology Collections - Museu Nacional/UFRJ

Rita Scheel-Ybert

12:00 - 12:30

Collections related to the Brazilian Institut of Museums/IBRAM

Paulo Knauss - Director of Museu Histórico Nacional

12:30 - 12:45




Collection Politics and Archives Documentation

 14:00 - 14:30


Fiocruz Collections - Casa de Oswaldo Cruz

Marcelo Pelajo Machado

 14:30 - 15:00


Archive Collections Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS)

Gabriel Bevilacqua

 15:00 - 15:30


Colheita Project - Rescue of the Historic Archive of Museu Nacional -Seção de Memória e Arquivo do Museu Nacional (SEMEAR)  

Maria das Graças Freitas Souza Filho & Maria de Nazaré Freitas Pereira

15:30 - 16:00

CPDOC (Brazilian Contemporary History Research and Documentation Center) – FGV

Daniele Amado

16:00 - 16:15



Coffee break

Rebuilding and Rethinking the Collections & Culture Heritage

 16:45 - 17:15


Instituto Butantan - Recovering after the 2010 fire

Franciso Kiko Franco

 17:15 - 17:45


The future of the past: cultural heritage in the information society

Communication School/UFRJ

Leno Veras

17:45 - 18:00



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