DiSSCo service classes
Physical and digital access
Develop and operate the required infrastructure to provide world leading data open access services. Couple the digital access programme with a comprehensive physical access to collections programme
Training, support & engagement
Coordinate formal and professional training activities through certified training providers. Enhance data skills and competencies of scientists tooling them up to effectively navigate the bio- and geo-diversity big data pool.
Joint Research Programming
Develop and run robust joint research programmes, enabling scientists to benefit from new research infrastructure to deliver data-driven scientific innovation
Develop common policies and harmonisation of processes in alignment to national and international agreements
Dissco service deliverables
Unified access to collections
Access to collections is a centrepiece service for DiSSCo. Services will be provided for both physical and virtual modes of access. DiSSCo will support a transnational access programme and couple this with comprehensive virtual (digital) access service. DiSSCo will deliver an
information system which offers, to the fullest extent possible, consistent access for all authorised researchers not only to be able to access data from any collection, but also contribute to the curation and improvement of these data. A European Collections Data Portal will enable direct and open access to the integrated database.
Unified capacity development
A consistent pan-European approach to training will simplify accreditation of skills and enable appropriate mechanisms to be put in place for user access rights around DiSSCo data. The approach will also support the development of European collections personnel as a unified community of expertise and excellence.
Unified knowledge graph
The engineering of the DiSSCo knowledge graph will bring together digital information and assets from all participating institutions, with institutional management systems for collections, laboratories and other facilities remaining the persistent repository for these data, and will additionally include further digital knowledge derived from graphing these data objects and resolving identities between multiple institutions. The entire graph will be navigable as a set of interconnected rich data records.
Unified policy platform
DiSSCo will be developed based on a common comprehensive policy corpus agreed to be implemented across all DiSSCo facilities. These policies will be underpinned by (i) open access principles, including FAIR principles, (ii) clear incentive schemes for citation and attribution, and (iii) thematic prioritisation, for the digitisation of the distributed collections. Furthermore, these policies will extend to the development of joint research programming activities across all its members.
Unified community of expertise
DiSSCo will facilitate collaborative research by enabling consistent pan-European digital access and data curation rights for research and curatorial and technical staff from all collections. DiSSCo will also create an integrated registry of experts with expertise linked to European collections.
Unified web services
The DiSSCo unified knowledge graph will be accessible via search, visualisation and download services to support efficient researcher access to data. DiSSCo will ensure that the resulting linked open data (LOD) is fully accessible for exploration, mining and semantic inference within European high-performance computing infrastructures, and fit for use by other European infrastructures (e.g. LifeWatch) and contributing to global infrastructures (e.g. GBIF).