Building the future of European Natural Science Collections

In the Distributed System of Scientific Collections - DiSSCo - partners from European countries join forces to realise one ambitious goal:


Putting the 1.5 billion biological and geological collection objects, representing 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history, at the heart of frontier research



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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

Policy harmonisation

Develop common policies and harmonisation of processes in alignment to national and international agreements