This is topic 1.7. 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.
A comprehensive directory could serve as a foundation for new tools that enhance taxonomic efforts and cooperation between all collection holders. One example might be the development of distributed loans systems or on-demand digitisation, as planned for the DiSSCo European Loans and Visits System (ELViS). A catalogue could also serve as a showcase for institutions to highlight their holdings and unique features, as in the visual concept shared by GBIF for collection pages. GBIF tracking and reporting on the use of biodiversity data in research publications could feed into new services that provide standard metrics and help collections to measure and report their impact.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: Index Herbariorum - Perspectives of a Long-Standing Collection Catalog
- Document: GBIF Services and Support for the Collections Catalogue
- What other services could be developed on the foundations of a collection catalogue?
- Would these attract investment to fund the development and support the maintenance of the catalogue?