This is topic 2.2. in the Information section of the Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections consultation. Use this topic to discuss the questions listed below.
Most collections are already identified by one or more collection codes and may have existing web identifiers (URLs, DOIs, etc.) in one or more databases. The catalogue may reuse one or other of these identifiers or may help to support a standardised scheme. GRSciColl exists to assist with standardisation of collection codes and machine-readable identifiers, but several other efforts are also in place. Unique identifiers for each collection will be important to maximise cross-linkage of information and standardise citation, but other existing identifiers should ideally resolve to the same information and be recognised as synonyms for the preferred identifiers.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: TDWG Collection Descriptions Data Standard Task Group
- Presentation: CETAF and DiSSCo Collections Registry
- What identifier schemes (IH collection codes, GRSciColl URIs, etc.) already exist and need to be maintained in some form?
- Do these schemes follow a consistent definition of a natural history collection?
- What characteristics of identifiers are important for use by machines and humans?
- Are there benefits in selecting any particular identifier scheme (e.g. https://www.doi.org/[DOIs] or https://ror.org/[ROR] identifiers)?
- What can be done to promote use of the preferred identifiers?