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NaturalHeritage: Bridging Belgian natural history collections
Theeten, F.; Adam, M.; Vandenberghe, T.; Dillen, M.; Semal, P.; Scory, S.; Herpers, J.-M.; Van den Spiegel, D.; Mergen, P.; Smirnova, L.; Engledow, H.; Casino, A.; Gödderz, K. (2019). NaturalHeritage: Bridging Belgian natural history collections. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e37854.
In: Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. Pensoft Publishers: Sofia. ISSN 2535-0897, more
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Author keywords
    natural history collections; standardisation; webservices; search portal; interoperable databases; data analysis; data quality and cleaning

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  • Scory, S., more
  • Herpers, J.-M.
  • Van den Spiegel, D., more
  • Mergen, P., more
  • Smirnova, L., more
  • Engledow, H., more
  • Casino, A.
  • Gödderz, K.

    The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and Meise Botanic Garden house more than 50 million specimens covering all fields of natural history. While many different research topics have their own specificities, throughout the years it became apparent that with regards to collection data management, data publication and exchange via community standards, collection holding institutions face similar challenges (James et al. 2018, Rocha et al. 2014). In the past, these have been tackled in different ways by Belgian natural history institutions. In addition to local and national collaborations, there is a great need for a joint structure to share data between scientific institutions in Europe and beyond. It is the aim of large networks and infrastructures such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), the Distributed System of Scientific collections (DiSSCo) and the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF) to further implement and improve these efforts, thereby gaining ever increasing efficiencies.

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