European Collection Objects Index – an open-access repository for Digital Specimens

An open-access repository or open archive is a digital platform that holds research output and provides free, immediate and permanent access to research results for anyone to use, download and distribute. (Source: Wikipedia).

The European Collection Objects Index (ECOI) proposed by DiSSCo is one such repository for Digital Specimens and Digital Collections. The scientific data held by this repository will be synchronised with that held in the local Collection Management System(s) (CMS) of DiSSCo member institutions such as natural history museums. Initially, this synchronisation will be unidirectional, with institutions publishing their digital specimen and digital collection data towards DiSSCo. Because of the trust relation that will exist between these ‘DiSSCo Facilities’ and the core infrastructure of DiSSCo (‘DiSSCo Hub’), the ECOI holds an ‘authentic copy’ of what is held by local institutions. Medium-term, as DiSSCo moves more towards a community curation model whereby approved experts are able to modify and update the information held in the ECOI, the synchronisation between Facilities and Hub will become a two-way data flow. CMS of DiSSCo member institutions will be able to ingest updates from the DiSSCo Hub repositories as well as publishing their updates towards these repositories.

For this to work, new standards are needed, such as openDS in association with Digital Object Interface Protocol (DOIP) for moving Digital Specimen and Digital Collection objects around.

We’ve written several short abstracts about this for presentation at the upcoming biodiversity_next conference in Leiden, 21-25 October 2019. Come and listen to the talks:

  • Requirement Analysis for the DiSSCo Research Infrastructure
    doi: 10.3897/biss.3.37892.
  • ‘The Last Mile’: The registry behind the identifier doi: 10.3897/biss.3.37034.
  • ‘openDS’ – A New Standard for Digital Specimens and Other Natural Science Digital Object Types doi: 10.3897/biss.3.37033.
  • Making Heterogeneous Specimen Data ‘FAIR’: Implementing a digital specimen repository doi: 10.3897/biss.3.37163.

Come and listen to the talks.

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