Global Digital Unification

The “Distributed System of Scientific Collections” (DISSCo) is a new world-class Research Infrastructure (RI) for natural science collections. The DiSSCo RI works towards the digital unification of all European natural science assets under common curation and access policies and practices that aim to make the data easily Findable, more Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). As such, DiSSCo enables the transformation of a fragmented landscape of the crucial natural science collections into an integrated knowledge base that provides interconnected hard evidence on the natural world.

DiSSCo represents the largest ever formal agreement between natural history museums, botanical gardens, and collection-holding universities in the world.