Designing and building the European Loans and Visits System for natural science collections

Along with physical access to the natural science collections, “Virtual Access” (VA) is becoming more important as it can provide much wider access to the data stored in the collections. Within SYNTHESYS+ (a DiSSCo linked project) the Virtual Access program is aiming to remove the reliance on physical access by piloting a “Digitisation on Demand” service model. One of the first steps towards this is to create a portal for the VA proposal submission and review process. We have been busy working on this for a while and the Virtual Access Applications portal has been ready for use since Feb 20, 2020.

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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 brought together in DSArch.

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