Managing Multimedia Data for Science (MAMUDS)

Startdate: 2016-08-01

Finishdate: 2019-03-01

Status: active

AbdelAziz Triki
Bassem Bouaziz
Birgitta König-Ries
Hamdi Hamed
Jitendra Gaikwad
Martin Hohmuth


The MAMUDS (Managing Multimedia Data for Science) is a two year BMBF funded project under the  German-Tunisian Science and Technology Cooperation Research Project.

The main aim of the project is to develop a multimedia data management platform for biodiversity domain, which will be later integrated with the open source research data management software BEXIS 2.

The objectives of the project are-

(1) to develop multimedia data management platform for specimens’ images from the herbarium Hausskneckt in FSU Jena,

(2) extract diagnostic characters and select functional traits using image recognition methods and

(3) annotate plant specimen images using extracted diagnostic characters and functional traits.

The herbarium Hausskneckt in Jena is one of the major European herbaria housing around 3.5 million specimens. The MAMUDS is a joint  research project between SFAX University, Tunisia and Biodiversity Informatics Unit of iDiv located in FSU Jena. The project collaborators are TRY Trait Database from Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry and the Herbarium Hausskneckt from FSU Jena.