Towards a collection management infrastructure for Flanders

Project Details


DiSSCo is a new world-class Research Infrastructure for the physical and digital curation of
European natural science collections under common management and access policies. To make
the collections more visible and used, their associated data and media should become more
Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). Representing the largest ever formal
agreement between natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoos, universities and other
collection-holding institutions, DiSSCo enables the transformation of a fragmented landscape into
an integrated knowledge base. DiSSCo Flanders will address biological, anthropological and
geological collections, comprising preserved, living, tissue and molecular collections. Smaller lab
and orphan collections are fully part of this proposal to guarantee their proper conservation and
re-usability. The whole workflow from specimen sampling in the field to their digitization and
online publication enabling re-use of the data and media will be addressed in terms of proper
collection management.
Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/24

Flemish discipline codes

  • Bio-informatics and computational biology not elsewhere classified
  • Environmental science and management not elsewhere classified
  • General biology not elsewhere classified
  • Information sciences not elsewhere classified
  • Other natural sciences not elsewhere classified


  • Biodiversity Information Standards
  • Natural History collections
  • Open FAIR data workflows