This is topic 2.5. 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.
Information in the collection catalogue may be linked to a wide range of other biodiversity information (specimens, sequences, datasets, images, publications, etc.) to support information access and exploration.
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 information should be linked to collection records?
- We should focus on making linkages that will actually justify the costs of creating and maintaining them
- The following are likely to be candidates, but others are possible. In each case, we should determine whether the linkage needs to be bidirectional:
- Specimens held by a collection
- Type specimens held by a collection
- Species/taxa represented in a collection (with/without specimen counts)
- Sequences, images and other preparations from the collection (but these may be better treated as information about specimens rather than about the collection)
- Datasets (checklists, occurrences, sampling events) associated with the collection
- Collecting expeditions carried out by or contributing to the collection (modeled as sampling events?)
- Collectors associated with a collection
- Publications based on materials from the collection
- Researchers/staff associated with the collection
- Field notebooks