In the European landscape of Environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs), different projects and landmarks describe services that aim at aggregating, monitoring, analysing and modelling geo- and bio-diversity information. The effectiveness of these services, however, is based on the quality and availability of primary reference data that today is scattered and incomplete. DiSSCo provides the required taxonomic, bio-geographical and species trait data at the level of precision and accuracy required to enable research for tackling societal challenges.
DiSSCo fills a significant gap in the landscape of the European Research Infrastructures. In the wider European RI landscape, DiSSCo acts as the missing reliable block of the value chain where services and final products need to be grounded for adequately monitoring and modelling the geo- and bio-sphere.