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”

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”