This is topic 3.4. in the Technology section of the Advancing the Catalogue of the World’s Natural History Collections consultation. Use this topic to discuss the questions listed below.
Most natural history collections maintain data on their specimens in a collection management system (CMS) such as Specify, Symbiota, EMu, DarWIN or BRAHMS. Some of these tools could develop to interface directly with the collection catalogue, providing up-to-date metadata and metrics.
The following contributed materials are particularly relevant to this topic:
- Presentation: Index Herbariorum - Perspectives of a Long-Standing Collection Catalog
- Presentation: The Specifications of Earth Science Collections (CETAF)
- What present or future requirements are there for interfaces directly between CMS platforms and the collection catalogue?
- Are there special opportunities that should be considered?
- Could CMS platforms become a source of metadata for institutional collections within a global catalogue?