Identifiers and contextual data

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”

Roundup of recent news

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”

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?”