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”
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”
Authors: Mareike Petersen*, Julia Pim Reis*, Sabine von Mering*, Falko Glöckler** Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany Introduction As an initiative formed by public research institutions, DiSSCo is committed to Open Science. We believe that Open Science not only makes the scientific work more transparent and accessible but also enables a whole new set of collaborativeContinue reading “The DiSSCo Knowledgebase”
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.
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”