Welcome to DiSSCoTech

Data is most reusable where data types are simple and easy to describe, and when the community is organized and collaborative.
— Quote from “FAIR in practice”

Our Data Types

Our data types are formed around the basic concept of a Digital Specimen, being a digital representation on the Internet of a physical object in a natural science collection.

Our most recent blog posts on technical design of the DiSSCo infrastructure

Debunking reliability myths of PIDs for Digital Specimens

In this post I address an erroneous assertion – a myth perhaps, that the proposed Digital Specimen Architecture relies heavily on a centralized resolver and registry for persistent identifiers that is inherently not distributed and that this makes the proposed “persistent” identifiers (PID) for Digital Specimens unreliable. By unreliable is meant link rot (‘404 notContinue reading “Debunking reliability myths of PIDs for Digital Specimens”

Reflections on TDWG 2020 Virtual sessions and other thoughts on long term data infrastructures

This year the annual conference of the Biodiversity Information Standards (historically known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group — TDWG) is virtual and happening in two parts. The working sessions were concluded a few weeks ago and are separated from the virtual conference, which will be held on October 19-23. All the recordings of theContinue reading “Reflections on TDWG 2020 Virtual sessions and other thoughts on long term data infrastructures”

Natural Science Identifiers & CETAF Stable Identifiers

The DiSSCo Technical Team gets asked a lot about Natural Science Identifiers (NSId). What are they? Why do we need them in addition to CETAF Stable Identifiers? Are they just for DiSSCo/Europe or are they global? In this post we answer those questions. Q1. What is a Natural Science Identifier (NSId)? A Natural Science IdentifierContinue reading “Natural Science Identifiers & CETAF Stable Identifiers”

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Our Technical Team

The members of our technical team are all different, with diverse backgrounds, skills, and expertise to bring to the design of DiSSCo.