Late on Friday (29/06) afternoon the ICEDIG consortium received the great news that ESFRI has formally accepted the DiSSCo initiative - for which ICEDIG is a design study - on its 2018 roadmap update, making European Natural Science Collection a recognised priority research infrastructure, supporting scientific excellence and innovation towards urgent societal challenges. This decision highlights how the DiSSCo vision, to bring together European natural science collections into one coherent virtual institution, is highly relevant and urgent for the European Research Area.
We would like to thank the 115 organisations across the 21 countries that have already committed to DiSSCo for their hard work. Their engagement has been instrumental towards this achievement. Working through a complex landscape and presenting a convincing vision and action plan would not have been possible, if it was not for the 170 people that contributed over the last couple of years to the application package, the directors of the Museums and botanical gardens, the CETAF consortium and network and of course the wider community of biodiversity related data.
This is a big milestone decision for European collections, the start of an exciting journey to position European collections at the heart of data-intensive science for biodiversity and geodiversity discovery. The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 will be officially presented to the public in a dedicated event on the 11th of September 2018 in Vienna.
ICEDIG will now continue to work on designing, testing, and consolidating aspects of the DiSSCo infrastructure to ensure a smooth transition into the preparatory phase.
In case you have any questions or comments please do contact the DiSSCo coordination team.