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

ELViS 1.0.0 is here: An important milestone for DiSSCo

On March 18, 2021 a new deployment of ELViS (European Loans and Visits System) became available. ELViS 1.0.0 is currently being used to facilitate the 3rd Transnational Access call for SYNTHESYS+ (to fund short-term research visits to consortium institutions) and the 2nd Virtual Access call (to fund digitisation-on-demand requests). The current version of ELViS isContinue reading “ELViS 1.0.0 is here: An important milestone for DiSSCo”

The DiSSCo Knowledgebase

Authors: Mareike Petersen*, Julia Pim Reis*, Sabine von Mering*, Falko Glöckler** Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany Introduction As an initiative formed by public research institutions, DiSSCo is committed to Open Science. We believe that Open Science not only makes the scientific work more transparent and accessible but also enables a whole new set of collaborativeContinue reading “The DiSSCo Knowledgebase”

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”

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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.