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

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A new pan-European Research Infrastructure

Our vision for DiSSCo is to unify European natural science collections, effectively transforming a dispersed and fragmented access model to an integrated data‐driven pan‐European research infrastructure

Develop a new Research Infrastructure to unify access to information, and provide access to mass, linked, reliable and precise data for the natural world.

  • Bringing scientific collections to the information age, investing in a linked open data approach;
  • Investing in balanced multi‐modal access to collections;
  • Improving researchers’ capacity to use collection information to tackle complex scientific challenges;
  • Supporting the interplay of social and cultural aspects of collection data;
  • Developing and implementing targeted joint research agendas;
  • Identifying collection data at European level and improving curation efficiency;
  • Building and supporting paths to industrial innovation;
  • Enhancing digital skills and competencies, tooling‐up researchers to navigate the big data domain;
  • Engaging with society, providing alternative ways of benefiting from the national investments to collections.
  • Research communities and individual researchers in Environmental/natural sciences (incl. taxonomists, ecologists, bio‐informaticians, conservationists, ethno‐botanists, geneticists, chemists);
  • Virtual Research Environments (VREs) users, providers and stakeholders;
  • Citizen scientists and naturalists and coordinators of citizen science projects in biodiversity;
  • Object/Data holders (partners to the project, external repositories, potential users of other domains);
  • Aggregators of taxonomic/biodiversity data (e.g. GBIF, EoL) and Indexing agents (e.g. CoL, IPNI, ZooBank);
  • Policy and decision‐makers in governmental and non‐governmental organisations;
  • Education organisations including vocational and academic teachers and students;
  • Industry stakeholders including service providers, industrial devices/technology producers;
  • European Research Infrastructures (incl. LifeWatch, ELIXIR, MIRRI, EPOS, and E‐RIHS)