This is topic 1.8. 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.
Research value is primarily measured in terms of visibility and impacts from published literature. Natural history collections are poorly recognised by such measures and their importance as foundational research tools is almost hidden. Users of collections are regularly urged to cite specimens examined and reference the collection. However, citation is often https://fistfulofcinctans.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/how-and-why-to-cite-museum-specimens-in-research/[lacking, incomplete or ambiguous]. Research infrastructures such as https://explore.openaire.eu/search/find[OpenAIRE] in Europe increasingly map not only linkages between researchers and publications but also datasets, projects, content providers and organisations. A catalogue could help to standardise citation of collections, making their impact visible through such knowledge graphs. Journals and editorial boards could be encouraged to require standard collection identifiers wherever collections are referenced.
The following contributed document is particularly relevant to this topic:
- How might a comprehensive catalogue promote citation and attribution for collections?
- What can be done to encourage wide standardised use of identifiers from the catalogue?