Work Package 1 – Management

The WP1 covers the overall operational and administrative aspects of managing the ICEDIG project and its implementation. This involves the effective communication and collaboration within the project and in relation to the European Commission, but also ensuring sound financial and administrative management.

Leader: University of Helsinki - Finland


Work Package 2 – Scientific and societal needs for digitised data

Under WP2, an examination is undertaken as to design a selection framework and workflows for establishing the strategy for digitization priorities for DiSSCo. Moreover, tools are provided to support the decision-making process in the digitisation of natural science collections as to accelerate the discovery of the relevant and urgently needed data contained by these collections to tackle scientific and societal challenges.

Leader: Naturalis Biodiversity Centre – The Netherlands


Work Package 3 – Imaging and other physical extraction

At the core of WP3 it is placed the investigation of the physical handling and technical aspects of the mass digitisation of collections to facilitate the design of the new Research Infrastructure DiSSCo. Existing and innovative solutions to image different kinds of specimen types are addressed while also focussing on combination of metadata extracted from tissues, chemicals and DNA, as well as on how to deal with hazards due to historic conservation.

Leader: Picturae BV – The Netherlands


Work Package 4 – Data capture

The design of the steps, requirements and processes to digitise and share the data associated with specimens are tasked under WP4. This includes an evaluation of the most efficient transcription methods and seek innovative solutions based on the different capacities of the collections.

Leader: Botanic Garden Meise - Belgium


Work Package 5 – Citizen science

The WP5 looks for nurturing a connection between the general public and the future research infrastructure of natural science collections. This includes looking at the collections with regard to their educational role, the participative potential of volunteers and crowdsourcing initiatives, the inclusion of private collection owners and the contributions of citizens in collections-based collaborative research. 

Leader: University of Tartu – Estonia


Work Package 6 – Data infrastructure

WP6 addresses the design of the data flows and storage infrastructure for DiSSCo in response to exact user requirements considering the huge volume of data inflows (up to 40 million specimens to be digitised each with images and data of up to 100 megabytes for each specimen). The freely and openly accessible data are to be generated in distributed digitisation facilities across Europe but need to be accessed and analysed in one pool.

Leader: Cardiff University – United Kingdom


Work Package 7 – Policy and Legal Aspects

WP7 focuses on national, European and international policy commitments, as well as best practices in order to design a comprehensive policy framework to foster actions in the development and operation of the new Research Infrastructure DiSSCo.

Leader: Natural History Museum – United Kingdom


Work Package 8 – Design alternatives and economics

Under WP8 it intended to refine the design of the proposed infrastructure DiSSCo, to perform feasibility studies to make DiSSCo operational and to identify best solutions for efficient and effective implementation. Outcomes from other work packages will be brought together in a comprehensive conceptual design and model proposal with all the organisational and business-related aspects of collections digitisation in relation to strengthening technological capacity and digitisation efficiency.

Leader: Cardiff University – United Kingdom


Work Package 9 – Communication and Dissemination

WP9 tackles to establish, implement and operate effective communication tools for a fluent exchange and permanent feedback of information between ICEDIG and external actors to gain the necessary input for structural innovations, as well as communicating and disseminating to specific targeted audiences about ICEDIG developments.

Leader: Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities, CETAF – Belgium


Work Package 10 – Ethics Requirements

The need of ensuring compliance of the various dimensions of ICEDIG with ethical standards it is covered by WP10.

Leader: University of Helsinki - Finland