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Towards a collection management infrastructure for Flanders

DiSSCo is a new world-class Research Infrastructure for the physical and digital curation of
European natural science collections under common management and access policies. To make the 
collections more visible and used, their associated data and media should become more  Findable, 
Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). Representing the largest ever formal agreement 
between natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoos, universities and other collection-holding 
institutions, DiSSCo enables the transformation of a fragmented landscape into an integrated 
knowledge base. DiSSCo Flanders will address biological, anthropological and geological collections, 
comprising preserved, living, tissue and molecular collections. Smaller lab and orphan collections 
are fully part of this proposal to guarantee their proper conservation and re-usability. The whole 
workflow from specimen sampling in the field to their digitization and online publication enabling 
re-use of the data and media will be addressed in terms of proper collection management.

Date:1 Jan 2021 →  Today
Keywords:Biodiversity Information Standards, Natural History collections, Open FAIR data workflows
Disciplines:Management information systems