Monday, 11 June, 2018 to Wednesday, 13 June, 2018


From 11-13 June 2018 the whole ICEDIG consortium will convene in Leiden, The Netherlands for several days of intensive working. At the first All Hands Meeting, teams across all tasks and work packages will review the progress made, plan the next steps, discuss draft deliverables, and work together in technical worksps and hackathons.

In parallel to the meeting, ICEDIG will hold its first out of seven Roundatbles. These present a great opportunity to gather unique knowledge from invited experts and include external stakeholders early on in the process. This Roundtable will prepare a preliminary design for the Collection Digitization Dashboard, with the main purpose to make digitised and not (yet) digitised natural history collections visible and discoverable across Europe. For this purpose, the participants will dicuss potential audiences and end-user requirements as well as how to bring these distributed data from European institutes together and keep them up to date. 

The agenda for the meeting reads as follows:

13.00 - 14.00 General presentation - setting the scene

14.00 - 16.00 Work on specific questions in two subgroups:

  1. End users and parameters (front of dashboard)

  2. Technical aspects and unifying data (back of dashboard)

16.00 - 16.30 Presentation of subgroup outcomes

16.30 - 17.30 General discussion

17.30 - 18.00 Identifying next steps and closing

During the initial session, roundtable organiser Luc Willemse form Naturalis Biodiversity Center will set the scene with a presentation to introduce the topic, outline the programme as well as the purpose and expected outocme of this event. Elspeth Haston from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh will follow with an external view on the issues at hand. Then, Wouter Addink from Naturalis will introduce the audience to ongoing dashboard initiatives before Simon Chagnoux from The Musée nationale d'histoire naturelle in Paris will briefly talk about related dashboard metrics in citizen Science activities. 

Afterwards, two groups will discuss in detail potential end user parameters and technical aspects, respectively. In the final session the results of the two subgroups will be brought together before identifying next steps. 

Special thanks go out to the Naturalis Biodiversity Center who kindly host both, the first All Hands meeting as well as the first ICEDIG Roundtable. 

To follow the discussion, check in with our Twitter feed at @ICEDIG_eu.