ELViS is in the DiSSCo

ELViS in the DiSSCo

ELViS is alive (!). He is giving his first steps, in fact. We are not talking about the king of the mellow songs and the sideburns, mind you. We are talking about the European Loans and Visits System (ELViS).

What is ELViS exactly?

ELViS is a single access point to European Natural Science Collections. It provides a unified way to request visits, loans and virtual access (VA), the latter providing digitisation on demand as a new type of access. ELViS’s request mechanism enables future services for tracking usage metrics, monitoring & reporting and connecting collection usage with research outputs.

If we say that ELViS is giving his first steps is because, for now, it is operational with a limited number of collection providers (SYNTHESYS+ partners).

Type https://elvis.dissco.eu/ and this is what you got.

The part of “…in the DiSSCo”

Ok, we should probably have said “in DiSSCo” -or even better, in DiSSCo RI- which is the Distributed System of Scientific Collections. ELViS is one of the several digital services provided by the community of DiSSCo’s partner institutions for data analysis and interpretation. It is in fact the one service with the highest level of technology readiness (a version 2 of ELViS will be released in 2022).

As for DiSSCo, it is no simple Research Infrastructure. You can think of DiSSCo as the Research Infrastructure for European Natural Science Collections. The reason: it aims to digitally unify all European natural science assets under common access, curation, policies and practices, ensuring that all the available data is easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles). In other words: DiSSCo aims to build one big European collection (big as in 1,5 billion specimens; 130+ institutions; 21 countries so far!). 

DiSSCo’s little corner at the fifth floor of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, in Leiden (Netherlands)

DiSSCo services open the door for a digital transformation of the way technology, processes and people interact in Natural Science Collections, in each individual one. 

Interested? Visit us at dissco.eu or feel free to drop us a line at info@dissco.eu Even better, attend one of the workshops about DiSSCo and other services that we will announce in short.

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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