On this page you can find additional information about all projects
that directly support the development and the objectives of
. They underpin the scientific rationale and facilitate the
work in the different phases of the project.

DiSSCo-linked Project Coordinators participate, along with the
DiSSCo cooridnation team, to a group (Strategic Alignement of
- SAP group) that facilitates communication between
projects and ensures optimum complimentarity between projects
but also constant alignment of projects to the DiSSCo preparatory
and implementation phases objectives.


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The ICEDIG project - Innovation and Consolidation for large-scale Digitisation of Natural Heritage - in support of DiSSCo has been funded by the European Commission and has picked up its activities in January 2018. The associated consortium consists of 12 partners and includes both public and private organisations from 7 countries. The aim of this initiative is to facilitate the preparatory phase of DiSSCo by addressing the technical, financial, policy and governance challenges that lie ahead. Coordinated by the University of Helsinki, the project will run for a period of 27 months completing in March 2020. 





SYNTHESYS - the European Union-funded Integrated Activities grant comprising 20 European natural history institutions - aims to produce an accessible, integrated European resource for research users in the natural sciences and is a follow on to the previous SYNTHESYS projects which ran from February 2004 – July 2009 and September 2009 – August 2013. It is split into three activities: 

  • Access
  • Networking and 
  • Joint Research Activities. 

​​The most recent iteration - SYNTHESYS+ - has just been approved for funding under Horizon 2020 and is in the process of signing its Grant Agreement now.



Catalogue of Life plus

The Catalogue of Life Plus (CoL+) is a collaboration between the Catalogue of Life, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and partners with financial support by the Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture.

The CoL+ project seeks to replace these efforts with a shared, extended catalogue and complete the reviewed name coverage without sacrificing quality. Creating an open, shared, and sustainable consensus taxonomy to serve the proper linking of data in the global biodiversity information initiatives is the ultimate goal the project contributes to.



A Cost-Action approved project focusing on 'Mobilising Data, Policies and Experts in Scientific Collections','MOBILISE' will be running for 4 years with the aim to build up a cooperative, inclusive, bottom-up and quickly responsive network in Europe to support research activity for biodiversity informatics. Based on the principles of open access and open innovation, the outcome will involve producing recommendations and best practices for digitisation of 2D and 3D objects, biological and geological specimens, data management, data quality control, and publication, in order to link complementary expertise of information technicians and biodiversity researchers. This will prepare the ground for a future pan-European Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo).