Community Consultation: Converging Digital Specimens and Extended Specimens

A global and virtual consultation hosted by GBIF under the umbrealla of the alliance for biodiversity knowledge and the EU-funded SYNTHESYS+ project

Cortinarius lux-nymphae
Cortinarius lux-nymphae 2020 Torbjørn Borge via via Danish Mycological Society, fungal records database.

In February 2020, the alliance for biodiversity knowledge organized a community consultation on Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections.
GBIF and other partners have incorporated the outcomes of this consultation recommendations into their work.

On 16 February 2021, GBIF, BCoN, DiSSCo, iDigBio and other partners initiated another global consultation aimed at establishing a common framework for collaboration around data models for the digital representation of specimens in museum collections. We invite all interested parties to join this important discussion.

If you missed the introductory webinars in which nearly 300 registrants participated, the recordings will be posted below. Then join the discussion in the GBIF Community Forum, where you can share your thoughts with others through 5 March 2021.

Introductory webinars

Session 1: 16 Feb 2021, 6:00 UTC

Session 2: 16 Feb 2021, 15:00 UTC

Topics of the consultation

  1. Making FAIR data for specimens accessible
  2. Extending, enriching and integrating data
  3. Annotating specimens and related data
  4. Attributing work done (Data Attribution)
  5. Analyzing/mining specimen data for novel applications

Coordination team


GBIF Secretariat support staff

We thank any and all of our other colleagues who have attended organizing sessions over recent months. If you are interested in getting more involved with this or future consultations, please contact the alliance via email.