A one-stop shop to all the natural science collections in Europe – Interview with Niels Raes, DISSCo

Natural Science Collections (NSCs) have historically been pivotal to address fundamental questions in science, innovation, discoveries and sustainability. The last few decades, however, have witnessed a dramatic change in research practice. Digital developments and new forms of molecular data have considerably increased the volume and diversity of information that can be derived from physical specimens, and in doing so, they have called for a novel, integrative approach to scientific research.

The Distributed Systems of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) represents the largest ever formal agreement between natural history museums, botanic gardens and collection-holding universities in the world, aiming to create a new business model for one European collection that digitally unifies all European natural science assets under common access, curation, policies and practices that ensure that all the data is easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles).

Niels Raes, DISSCo and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, presents DISSCo and its services at the SFE2 GFÖ EEF Joint Meeting, International Conference on Ecological Sciences in Metz. For more information, please visit the following page