This is topic 1.9. 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.
Although this consultation aims to encourage the development of standardised information for all collections globally, each country or region may have needs or uses for this same information to in local applications and services. It is important to identify a range of these needs and to make sure they are addressed as part of a collaborative solution. An inclusive approach will bring incentives to work together to make information on each catalogue as complete, current and accurate as possible. Requirements are relatively well understood from Europe (e.g. DiSSCo) and the United States (e.g. iDigBio), but other regions may have subtly or significantly different needs.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: CETAF and DiSSCo Collections Registry
- Document: GBIF Services and Support for the Collections Catalogue
- Presentation: ALA Collectory
- What national and regional needs or possible uses should be considered?
- Do national portals or specialist networks require information not currently addressed by data standards for collection metadata?
- Are there significant regional research infrastructures or public websites that include (or should include) information on local collections?
- Are there regionally important uses that are not addressed elsewhere in this document?