S3.4 Open Digital Specimens: Widening access to collections


Dr Sharif Islam¹, Anton Güntsch², Dr Claus Weiland³, Alex Hardisty4
¹Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands, ²Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany, ³Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany, 4 Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Open Digital Specimens act as representations for physical specimens in Natural Science Collections and anchors for all kinds of secondary derived information. A Digital Specimen therefore includes a wide range of information, including pointers to sequence, occurrence, trait, literature, media and other data. These digital representations facilitate new working practices in collections-based research in the time of digital transformation of science. This symposium will explore the emergence of Open Digital Specimens with the aim of steering their further development.

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