Building the foundation
A strong, stable and cohesive network
DiSSCo has its roots in the European network of natural science collections-based institutions that is the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF). The community set out to create DiSSCo back in 2015. They invested three years in drafting an ESFRI Roadmap proposal which was accepted on the roadmap update of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in June 2018. It scored excellent and was seen as a much needed initiative to fill the taxonomic gap in the research infrastructure landscape.