This is topic 1.3. in the Uses section of the Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections consultation. Use this topic to discuss the questions listed below.
The information needed to build the catalogue of collections closely matches the metadata required to publish a specimen dataset to GBIF and other portals. A record that describes a collection could be treated as a minimal first step, perhaps leading through processes such as Join The Dots and onwards to comprehensive digitisation. A comprehensive catalogue of such records could guide efforts to prioritise further digitisation, by highlighting collections with holdings of particular relevance or by assisting the development of collaborative digitisation networks like the ADBC Thematic Collection Networks.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: Global Registry of Scientific Collections
- Presentation: Index Herbariorum - Perspectives of a Long-Standing Collection Catalog
- Presentation: TDWG Collection Descriptions Data Standard Task Group
- Presentation: CETAF Collections Registry
- Can publishing a collection record to a catalogue assist collections in moving towards full digitisation?
- What incentives or support do collections need to make this a worthwhile step?