Kunming – Montreal post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: What does it mean for biodiversity research infrastructures?

On Dec 19, after hours of negotiations and discussions, nations (except the U.S. and the Vatican) agreed to protect 30% of the planet for nature by 2030 (also known as the 30 x 30 agreement). The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has been proclaimed both as a historic decision and also as a missed opportunity toContinue reading “Kunming – Montreal post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: What does it mean for biodiversity research infrastructures?”

Roundup of technical updates

Dear Readers, In this post, we share some of our recent updates. We have been super busy with various technical developments. Here are a few highlights: Upcoming conference presentations 📺 We will be at The Biodiversity Information Standard (TDWG) 2022! This year the annual conference will be a hybrid meeting, hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria. AfterContinue reading “Roundup of technical updates”

FAIR Digital Objects and Machine-Actionability

Why it matters more in the age of AI and Machine Learning One of the key concepts outlined in the 2016 FAIR principle paper is “machine-actionability”: ..the idea of being machine-actionable applies in two contexts—first, when referring to the contextual metadata surrounding a digital object (‘what is it?’), and second, when referring to the contentContinue reading “FAIR Digital Objects and Machine-Actionability”

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”

Importance of FAIR data mobilization for taxonomic research

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”

Identifiers for our institutes – GRID and ROR

DiSSCo aims to describe relationships between specimen and e.g. the collections in which they are curated, the collection holding institute, contributors, contributions, funders and scholarly publications. All these objects need to be uniquely identified to be able to connect their information. To show the importance of connecting specimen with their institutes we can look atContinue reading “Identifiers for our institutes – GRID and ROR”