A news story published on Aug 6, 2020, in The Verge had the following to say: “Sometimes it’s easier to rewrite genetics than update Excel“. The story was about a known problem where Excel by default converts gene names to dates . You can try this out at home with the gene symbol “MARCHF1” —Continue reading “Why Spreadsheets Matter?”
Persistent identifiers, their links to other identifiers and various contextual data are essential components of the DiSSCo architectural design. Here is a brief example to demonstrate the importance of these identifiers, linking them and providing enough contextual information to perform operations on the digital specimen objects. The example here also highlights some of the challengesContinue reading “Identifiers and contextual data”
A lot has happened since our last post here. So a roundup of recent news. Our very own Wouter Addink presented DiSSCo at the Chinese national biodiversity informatics congress. This is a great initiative to facilitate global conversations around data and infrastructures. Several members of the DiSSCo Technical Team and members of DiSSCo Prepare WP5Continue reading “Roundup of recent news”
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”
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”
As the world is dealing with the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 a great deal of effort has been focusing on data sharing, linking and open science in general. For instance the community around taxonomic research (see Joint CETAF-DiSSCo COVID-19 Task Force) is focusing on international collaborations to make use of data that can help us understand theContinue reading “Importance of FAIR data mobilization for taxonomic research”
Bringing in disparate and heterogeneous datasets on institutions, people, collections and specimens, ELViS will provide a service that handles various stages of the research data life cycle.