Welcome to DiSSCo Prepare: The Project driving DiSSCo – the Distributed System of Scientific Collections. It will ignite DiSSCo’s RI-volution to bring the irreplaceable data stored in natural science collections to life, enabling research at an unprecedented scale.
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For an entire week, experts in the areas of governance, business, technology, services, big data, and policies will take part in more than 20 working sessions to discuss and produce key elements of what will become Europe’s leading natural science collections Research Infrastructure, DiSSCo RI.
One of the key elements of DiSSCo’s data infrastructure design is the ‘Digital Specimen’ — a FAIR Digital Object acting as a digital representation on the Internet for a specific physical specimen in a collection. The ideas for the Digital Object as an element in a data infrastructure was proposed in the output on virtual layer recommendations by the Data Fabric IG and in the basic vocabulary from the Data Foundation and Terminology WG.
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DiSSCo Prepare is the preparatory phase project for DiSSCo. The DiSSCo RI works for the digital unification of all European natural science assets under common curation and access policies and practices. These aim to make the data easily Findable, more Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). As such, DiSSCo enables the transformation of a fragmented landscape of the crucial natural science collections into an integrated knowledge base that provides interconnected hard evidence on the natural world.
DiSSCo represents the largest ever formal agreement between natural history museums, botanical gardens and collection-holding universities in the world.