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The DiSSCo consortium in


The DiSSCo-France community is organised within the research infrastructure known as RECOLNAT (National Network of Naturalist Collections). This consortium now includes more than 70 institutions, including natural history museums, universities and learned societies. RECOLNAT is listed on the French infrastructure roadmap and has been recognised as such since 2016.

As France is a country with a long naturalist tradition, there are several hundred institutions that hold collections. Identifying them and cataloguing their collections constitute one of the important focuses of the RECOLNAT infrastructure.

Scientific collections are shared between the domains of culture and research. Legally through the heritage code, the Ministry of Culture is charged with overseeing the long-term preservation of objects, while the Ministry of Research and Higher Education focuses on their scientific value.

participating institutions

François Dusoulier

Node Manager MNHN

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Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN)
Conservatoire botanique national Alpin (Gap)
Université de Strasbourg
Université de Rennes 1
Université de Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Société nationale des sciences naturelles et mathématiques de Cherbourg
Centre informatique national de l’enseignement supérieur (CINES)
Université Clermont-Auvergne
Université de Montpellier
Université Lille 1 - Sciences et technologie
Université de Bourgogne
Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)
Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)
Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1
Muséum d’histoire naturelle de La Rochelle
Muséum-Aquarium de Nancy
Musée d’histoire naturelle Philadelphe Thomas (Gaillac)

Participating institutions in



National Funding

DiSSCo France is funded through the RECOLNAT infrastructure, directed and supported by the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the Ministry of Research. This infrastructure is currently financed as part of a bio-health program (e-ReColNat) involving 9 other partners: Montpellier, Clermont-Ferrand, Burgundy and Lyon universities, CNAM, IRD, INRA, CIRAD, Tela-Botanica and Agoralogy. This funded program (PIA) has made it possible to increase the image-base and database of digitised French naturalist collections to more than 10 million specimens.

The National Museum, the Ministry of Research and the Alliance for Environmental Research (Allenvi) support RECOLNAT for the construction of the DiSSCo-France project.

Everything on one screen

Collection Dashboard

The dashboard you can see below contains data on the collections of natural science institutions across Europe. Page one shows the approximate number of collections per category for all of the 89 institutes who participated in an initial DiSSCo survey and page two the national contributions to the European collection. The selection boxes allow filtering for country and institutions. The data in this dashboard is populated with information as sent by the DiSSCo partners through an initial survey in November 2017 and should therefore be considered as preliminary Following that survey, we went through a rigorous process of identifying obvious errors and contacting individuals to correct those. Nevertheless it will probably still contain some errors and information might be outdated. Please contact Niels Raes if you detect any issues so the data can be updated.

If you would like to see a full screen version of the dashboard, please click here.