Session #1: SYNTHESYS+ virtual workshop: Advancing the Catalogue of the World's Natural History Collections

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12 March 2020
07:00 - 09:00 CET
Rough seastar (Uniophora). Collected by W. Zeidler & Karen L Gowlett-Holmes, identified by Thierry C.D. Laperousaz. Photo 2015 by Angela Bannon via South Australian Museum, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

This virtual workshop will convene a broad stakeholder group to flesh out a shared vision, road map and set of priorities for developing the scope, content and services included in a catalogue of the world's natural history collections.

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  • Welcome
  • Presentation
    Goals for consultation
    Topics from Draft Ideas Paper
  • Issues and gaps
    Should we add any extra topics?
    Are there suggestions for ways to improve the process?
  • Contributing to the consultation process
    Submit documents (or slide sets, videos, etc.)
    Assist with translation of selected materials.
    Publicise the consultation through relevant networks
  • Summary of action points

AGENDA: Advancing the Catalogue of the World's Natural History Collections

Workshop format

  • Two two-hour preparatory webinars in which participants will discuss a draft ideas paper to be released around 24 February. Note that these sessions are scheduled nine time zones apart (on successive days) to support wider global participation.
  • An open, facilitated online consultation running between 17-29 April 2020

"Advancing the Catalogue of the World's Natural History Collections" is the first of three that GBIF will lead as part of the European Commission-funded SYNTHESYS+ project.

People interested in participating can register for the preparatory webinars now:

Session #1: Thursday, 12 March 2020, 06:00:00 UTC (GMT)
Session #2: Friday, 13 March 2020, 15:00:00 UTC (GMT)

Those interested in contributing to the consultation can also request early access to the consultation forum at any time.

Key dates

24 February Draft ideas paper released
12-13 March Preparatory webinars #1 & #2
6 April Consultation forum opened to public (request early access)
17–29 April Facilitated online consultation
May-July Writing, editing and review of road map

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Online meeting
12 March 2020 07:00 - 09:00