One of the aims of ICEDIG is to develop a framework for identifying international stakeholders and related research activities with synergies to DiSSCo. These international groups are at various stages of maturity in their development of digital collections networks and infrastructure, but all offer opportunities for knowledge sharing, synergy and collaboration. They offer a collection of services that address a series of DiSSCo needs from technical infrastructure to policy recommendations. As part of this milestone we sought to capture information on these activities to bring them to the attention of DiSSCo stakeholders that may benefit from closer cooperation.
A number of international initiatives and organisations complementary to DiSSCo are developing in regions outside of the EU. These include related digitisation initiatives of national collections, in addition to projects and research infrastructures that, while not directly involved in bio/geodiversity, link to bio/geodiversity activities through digitisation. Understanding this landscape requires a centralised database in which related infrastructures, projects, initiatives, platforms and portals can be aggregated, compared and assessed. Some efforts have been made to catalogue the wide number of research infrastructures and projects in Europe to create an accessible and query-able database. However, most of these initiatives have been limited to the EU and do not provide insight into international initiatives.
Building a fully functional and queryable database is beyond the scope of this deliverable. However, the methodology and analysis presented here forms both an initial analysis of research infrastructures, as well as a prototype for the database.
Database and Dashboard Prototype
The data visualised in this dashboard is a representative sample of 35 Research Infrastructures (RIs) and platforms that bear some relation to DiSSCo. While there are many more to be catalogued and incorporated, this sample set provides the opportunity to 1) explore the types of data that can be collected and visualise, 2) the insights that can be revealed by visualising the data and 3) the ways that a future user could search for and identify RIs that offer the potential for collaboration and synergy.
Navigation between pages is via arrows and text below the centre of the dashboard. Visualisations can be viewed in full screen by clicking on the double-headed arrow symbol to the bottom right.