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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.
The Natural History Museum’s informatics group are leading members of a series of European Commission (EC) funded digital projects working to transform the operation of European natural science collections. These multi-million Euro international initiatives bring together the collections of 115 institutions across 15 countries, representing over one billion scientific specimens and more than 5,000 scientists.
DiSSCo and BCoN launch together a collaboration call for Global and Open Process for Interoperable Enriched Specimen Information Models
Following the BOF01: Converging Digital Specimens and Extended Specimens – Towards a global specification birds-of-a-feather session presented at TDWG 2020 Virtual Conference on 22 Sept: the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) together with the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) initiated a collaboration call to converge towards a global specification on Digital and Extended Specimens.
After three months of intensive collaboration, the CETAF-DiSSCo Covid-19 Task Force presented preliminary results of the work of more than 60 international dedicated scientists and bioinformatics professionals on 17 jul 2020.
TDWG 2020 will be a virtual conference divided into working sessions (Sep 21-25) followed by a second week dedicated to dissemination and sharing (Oct 19-23).
This promotional short film showcases the active role played by ICEDIG in supporting the digital transformation of Natural Science Collections.