DiSSCo is a new pan-European Research Infrastructure initiative of 21 European countries with a vision to position European natural science collections at the centre of data-driven scientific excellence and innovation in environmental research, climate change, food security, one health and the bioeconomy.

To mobilise, unify and deliver bio- and geo-diversity information at the scale, form and precision required by scientific communities; transforming a fragmented landscape into a coherent and responsive research infrastructure.

Our objectives
What we want to achieve
Call for short term scientific/technical visit around Digital Collections
Engaging with society, providing alternative ways of benefiting from the national investments to collections
Enhancing digital skills and competencies, tooling‐up researchers to navigate the big data domain
Identifying collection data at European level and improving curation efficiency
Improving researchers’ capacity to use collection information to tackle complex scientific challenges
Developing and implementing targeted joint research agendas
Supporting the interplay of social and cultural aspects of collection data
Building and supporting paths to industrial innovation
Investing in balanced multi‐modal access to collections
DiSSCo Service Classes


Comprehensive services for unified digital, physical and remote access to all major European collections

Training & Support

Formal and professional training activities, tooling them up to effectively navigate the bio- and geo-diversity big data pool

Joint Research Programming

Innovation-led joint science programmes, building on the combined capacity of hundreds of European institutions

Policy harmonisation

A harmonised and simplified policy framework for digitisation, access and training

DiSSCo consortium
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  • 0Participating organisations
  • 0Million specimens
  • 0Full time scientists

"Scientific collections provide an essential base for developing scientific evidence and are an important resource for scientific research, education, and resource management."

John P. Holdren, 2014 as scientific advisor of US-President Barack Obama

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