Next on DiSSCo: DiSSCo Prepare’s All Hands Meeting 2!

28 March 2022

 

It is time for the DiSSCo family to meet virtually again for an entire week of working sessions focused on pushing DiSSCo Prepare (DPP) forward. The ultimate goal: to coordinate efforts and define next steps to make sure that DiSSCo RI successfully enters its transition and construction phases.

The AHM2’s agenda includes this time a contribution that is well worth mentioning: we will have the honour to have Dr. George Strawn (NASEM) give the keynote speech on Day 1, titled: “Science Data: Looking Back, Looking Forward”. Dr. Strawn will cover such hot issues as Compute-enabled human knowledge and the role of FAIR Digital Objects on the future of Open Science.

The AHM formula

Spread over an entire week (April 4 – 8), DiSSCo partners will get together to work in all areas of DiSSCo Prepare. Nineteen working sessions (see agenda below) to discuss and produce key elements on all areas of the project, from governance to technology; from business models to capacity enhancement.

After two years of intense work, the DiSSCo community is in a good position to self-assess the work carried out thus far and see the broad picture not only with regard to the advancements within the different tasks of DPP but also across activities during the preparatory phase that soon will come to an end. The AHM2 also promises to be an essential exercise to define what DiSSCo needs for construction and operation. It is an effort that require going beyond the structure at times too rigid of a funded project.

The event will replicate the formula of the AHM1, based on consecutive sessions to better accommodate to our busy agendas.

 

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4. Among DiSSCo services, which one(s) will your role most benefit from?

Dag Endresen: Maybe the DiSSCo DOI registration entity? Professional mechanisms for physical specimen level persistent identification will be a critical fundament for very many other dependent services to build further from. (…) UCAS & NSIDR.org: these services for persistent specimen-level (or still only planned at digital-specimen-level?) and annotation could be a giant step forward for museums – and of huge direct benefit to tasks under my role at the museum in Oslo!!

Henry Engledow: SDR – this interests me the most. As I mostly work with the data and analysis – this could greatly help me in improving the quality of our collections.

Pierre-Yves Gagnier: ELVIS, Dashboard, Knowledgebase, Helpdesk, Autorisation infrastructure, are of interest for researcher or collection manager but not for the role (delegate for digital innovation) that I play in my institution beside the development of these applications. My role will benefit more from the Digital specimen concept from the Digital Specimen Repository and Specimen Data Refinery for innovation and specimen data quality control.

Helen Hardy: I hope that DiSSCo will provide both a catalyst, a platform and potentially a funding/grant mechanism for us to offer digitisation on demand and digital services such as additional imaging or even chemical and genomic analyses. It will be a challenge to be ready for this but will be really great if there is a good way to link users/demand with those services and with sources of funding.

Data standards and similar frameworks developed with or around DiSSCo are enormously valuable for data linkage and usefulness. (…)

Bram Langeveld: Collection Digitisation Dashboard, Specimen Data Refinery and Digital Specimen Repository seem most promising as they will increase our digitization efficiency and may result in more use of the results.

Myriam van Walsum: To improve our data quality, it would be interesting to implement UCAS; getting enrichment through annotations. However, this will have a major impact on our collection application landscape. How do we approve data and get that data back into our own CMS and collection portal? (…)

5. If you could make one or two suggestions to help DiSSCo be more supportive or responsive to your role needs, what would they be?

Lorenzo Cecchi: (…) For those that will be outside at the beginning, the benefits in joining DiSSCo should be always higher than the effort needed to join. To this goal, I’m expecting that the training strategy, especially in terms of user-friendly and multilingual communication documents and tutorials, will have a central role.

Dag Endresen: Support with finding a model for alignment of the GBIF node manager role and the DiSSCo node role. There are many overlapping mandates and tasks.(…) Some kind of progress on citation metrics services for the granularity of individual physical museum specimens. And FAIR data certification for museums in DiSSCo. Such services would most likely be a powerful demonstration of the need for DiSSCo when approaching national research council funding.

Henry Engledow: We need a good CMS that is support by the community and not defined by national borders. The development or support of tools for data cleaning, or that support research (…)

Helen Hardy: Be clearer about DiSSCo strategic vision and goals – not just what it might be but the impact it is intended to have and key communications messages about that for us all to use (…) – this would help me as a national/local leader in digitisation strategy.

Anne Koivunen: Currently, it would be nice to find the outputs produced in the DiSSCo projects more easily e.g. the Knowledge base could be updated more regularly.

Myriam van Walsum: We make short term and longer term plans for our applications. The DiSSCO services will have an impact on these plans. To be able to allow for these developments, we have a need to know which requirements we need to meet to be able to implement them at a later date. (…)

Luc Willemse: Communicate a lot, lot more with the community based on use cases and the role DiSSCo will play in improving or changing these and how this benefits researchers, collection managers etc.

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