In Level of Achievement 5.2, catalogNumber (bar code number or identification id for the specimen) is required for each specimen label that contains such info. Further, in Level of Achievement 5.6, metadata, including a specimen counter indicating how many records are in the database for this drawer, are required.
The Competition requirements do not explicitly state that the system needs to add unique identifiers to the specimens as it digitizes them. However, this does not mean that your system cannot have this feature. Please be sure to review the scoring scales, which are how each judge will be evaluating the entries. Part of the Phase 1b (Numerical Scoring for Each Level of Achievement Parameter) are listed below.
Excellent: The merit of this parameter far exceeds what is requested. There are almost no flaws, with no perceived risk of damage to the specimens and all labels being put back in nearly their exact original positions.
Very Good: The merit of the parameter is above what is requested. There are a few minor issues with the parameter, although not especially significant, that prevent placement of this parameter in the highest merit group. There is very minimal perceived risk of damage to the specimens and labels appear to be put back in their original positions.
Good: The merit of the parameter meets the minimum acceptable level of what is requested. There are not many issues with the parameter, with minimal perceived risk of damage to the specimens and the labels appearing to be put back in mostly their original positions.