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. Continue reading “European Collection Objects Index – an open-access repository for Digital Specimens”

Building the DiSSCo Knowledge Graph

Linking building in DiSSCo, to build the unified knowledge graph around and between digital specimens is something I’ve been thinking about for a few months now. How would you do it, authoritatively with confidence, in an automated way at scale for 1.5 billion specimens across European natural science collections? This is quite a challenge. My experience of doing it manually (see these examples) can basically be characterized as fishing in deep pools for something you know is there but can’t see!15984919575_b3fe17b627_k

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Widening access to European natural science collections with Digital Specimens and Natural Science Identifiers (NSId)

Digital transformation of physical natural science collections has been underway for some time already but with the inclusion of the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) into the ESFRI Roadmap 2018 there is a new stimulus to unify a fragmented landscape into a coherent and responsive research infrastructure where ‘Digital Specimens‘ and ‘Natural Science Identifiers‘ can play an important role to improve access for scientists, policymakers and the public.

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Global Research Infrastructures for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research

Recently I had the opportunity to give a presentation about global research infrastructures for biodiversity and ecosystem science to staff of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam. I’ve been working with some of the people there for most of the last 9 years. It’s been one of the most satisfying periods of my career. Continue reading “Global Research Infrastructures for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research”