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17th June 2016

In just 3 days the 31st annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections will begin in Berlin.

The conference will feature the following symposia organised by SYNTHESYS3:

Enabling Infrastructure:  Future Collections, Data & Informatics

Key Topics:

  • Data mobilisation – infrastructures aiding the digitisation of collections at scale
  • Data aggregators & data portals – linking institutional data portals to common digital gateways to enable semantic enrichment of our data
  • Next generation collection management systems, models & data services – moving towards a service-driven architecture in collections management systems, the supporting tools (e.g. API-based services, taxonomic name matching, checklist production, authority files, georeferencing, forecasting and analytical tools) and required new and extended data models
  • Data consensus – systems and standards for community data curation and attribution.
Developing a global research infrastructure framework for bio-collections

Key Topics:

  • Established distributed Research Infrastructures: Lessons learned
  • Bio-collections in Europe: ESFRI roadmap update preparatory activities
  • Links to related regional initiatives (e.g. iDigBio, ENVRI+, LifeWatch, ELIXIR
  • International collaboration between major programmes
  • Sustainability and business models: What is available and what is possible?
  • Training and capacity building programmes
  • Wrap-up discussion: “How do we proceed?” – Action items

A third symposia, “One Collection: pathways to integration” has been co-organised by SYNTHESYS3 in collaboration with GBIF, CETAF, iDigBio and the University of Oregon.

Key Topics:

  • Digitization lessons learned
  • New Technology, New Strategies
  • Collections Data-in-Action

For a full overview of the programme please see

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