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”

What is a Digital Specimen?

With projected lifespans of many decades, infrastructure initiatives such as Europe’s Distributed Systems of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo), USA’s Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), National Specimen Information Infrastructure (NSII) of China and Australia’s digitisation of national research collections (NRCA Digital, available through the Atlas of Living Australia) aim at transforming today’s slow, inefficient and limited practices ofContinue reading “What is a Digital Specimen?”

Fundamentals of Digital Specimen Architecture

We name the architecture we’re going to use for DiSSCo as “Digital Specimen Architecture”, or “DSArch” for short. It has three fundamental components to it: Digital Object Architecture (DOA) as its core basis Built-in support for the FAIR Guiding Principles Evolutionary with Protected Characteristics Here we explain why each component has been chosen and broughtContinue reading “Fundamentals of Digital Specimen Architecture”