[tdwg-content] Invitation: Phase 2 of Global Consultation on Digital Extended Specimens

Deborah Paul dpaul at fsu.edu
Wed Jun 9 23:15:36 UTC 2021

Greetings TDWG'ers,

RE: You're invited to contribute to Phase 2 of the Global Consultation 
on Digital Extended Specimens
RE2: Please sign up for an overview webinar 
(two to choose from)
RE3: Please note you can soon contribute in the online forum at GBIF for 
this six-week event.


Next week, the alliance for biodiversity knowledge will convene a follow 
up to the consultation 
that was held in February and March to converge the ideas behind two 
related but distinct concepts:

- the Digital Specimen 
<https://dissco.tech/2020/03/31/what-is-a-digital-specimen/>, proposed 
by the Europe-based Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo),
- and the Extended Specimen 
which emerged from the Biological Collections Network (BCoN).

Phase 2 will focus on capturing the infrastructure capabilities needed 
to support Digital Extended Specimens. Similar to the first phase, a 
landing page for the second consultation 
has been created and is now live on the GBIF community forum (links below)

Consultation Format:

Phase 2 of the virtual global consultation will involve two components:

  * Two opening webinar sessions on June 15, scheduled nine time zones
    apart at UTC 05:00 and UTC 15:00 to support wider global
    participation, to introduce the topics to be discussed. Pre-register
    for the introductory sessions here
  * An open, facilitated online consultation running between June 15 and
    July 27, 2021, consisting of multiple online discussion threads
    hosted on the GBIF community forum.

Who should participate?

Anyone with an interest in natural history collections can join the 
consultation as a contributor at any time and ensure that they receive 
regular updates on the process. We want to hear from you, especially if you:

  * Are a collections professional
  * Work with living, preserved, or geological specimens
  * Work for a data provider or aggregator
  * Participate in collections data management or data publishing
  * Are a researcher or end-user of collections data, including graduate
    students, postdocs, and faculty
  * Are a bioinformatician or data scientist
  * Work for a standards organization
  * Work for a technology vendor or CMS developer
  * Work as an educator
  * Work for a publisher or journal
  * Possess expertise on legal, regulatory or ethical issues related to
    data management

Phase 2 Consultation Topics:

  * Well-founded access points and data cyberinfrastructure alignment
  * Persistent identifier scheme(s)
  * Meeting legal, regulatory, ethical, and sensitive data obligations
  * Workforce capacity development and inclusion
  * Transactional mechanisms and provenance
  * Partnerships to collaborate more effectively

GBIF, BCoN, ALA, DiSSCo, NSC Alliance, iDigBio, and TDWG, among others, 
invite you to contribute to this consultation 
which aims to expand participation in the process, build support for 
further collaboration, identify key use cases, and develop an initial 
roadmap for community adoption and implementation.  To read more about 
the background for this consultation click here 

In anticipation from your Chair,

Deborah Paul
Species File Group, Biodiversity Informatics Community Liaison
on behalf of the Alliance for Biodiversity Knowledge, Consultation Phase 
2 Team

- Deborah Paul, Biodiversity Informatics (BI) Community Liaison
- Species File Group (INHS), University of Illinois
-- Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Chair (2021-2022)
-- Florida State University Courtesy Appointment
-- Species File Group and Events https://speciesfilegroup.org

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