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Idaho Virtualization Laboratory

IVL Projects

Harbor porpoise skull with image maps.

Harbor porpoise skull with image maps.

Work conducted at the IVL is diverse and covers a wide range of subjects. As a research unit on the campus of Idaho State University, our open access policy for colleagues and students conducting any earnest academic pursuit as well as our own research interests encourages a broad range of heritage material to come through our doors; material which, regardless of size or complexity, often generates interesting and provocative data that can in turn give rise to much larger projects.

There are several of these much larger, multi-year projects currently underway at the IVL which include an expansion of the work done with VZAP into the Smithsonian’s cetacean collections and opening access to our own museums extensive catalogue of items among others. This will include making decades of scientific and ethnographic data, both 2D and 3D media of current collections, thousands of plant specimens housed by the IMNH Herbarium, unpublished historic photography, journals and field notes to name just a few, available to researchers, educators, and enthusiasts in interactive, dynamic virtual repositories.