S3.5 Content Management Systems in Natural History Collections: Collections, Curators and Challenges (Closed)


Heimo Rainer1, Dr.  James Macklin2, Dr. Falko Glöckler3, Dr. Christian Bräuchler

1NHM Vienna, Austria, 2Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 3Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany,


Collections depending on their size, history and scope impose specific challenges to their managers, data curators and end-users.

Modern systems shall provide concise information about the stored objects: object-type, metadata, provenance, re-usability as well as legal aspects, visualization and access.

Systems therefore have to cope with specific issues like standards, F.A.I.R. data principles, scalability, and recently also interoperability with external services and especially also other domains like humanities.

To encompass (all) requirements and meet extant needs at any given time and anticipate future developments such systems shall be open, inherit specifications from individual domains.

Four main dimensions can thus be identified:
agents (persons, groups, institutions, etc.)
locations (geographical and geopolitical units, placenames, filed names, etc.)
object relevant classifiers (scientific names, stratigraphic units, etc.)
temporal classifiers (collections dates, acquisition dates, etc.)

Commonly it is agreed to produce Unique Identifiers for Objects. But it is not clear as to which Unit of the Objects which identifier shall be attached and subsequently how resolving systems shall guarantee permanent services revealing a stable dataflow.

CETAF-stable Identifiers, geographical identifiers (GEOIDs), People Identifiers ().

It shall be elaborated if a registry of standardization boides ANSI / CEN / etc. can be useful for this endeavor.

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