DINA Contribution to TDWG 2020

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DINA will be represented at the TDWG 2020 Annual Conference (October 19-23, 2020) with the presentation "DINA - Development of open source and open services for natural history collections & research" (https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.4.59070).

It co-organizes and contributes to a the symposium "SYM04 - Challenges of the alignment of collection management systems across the globe and different domains" (see here) in the conference programme.


DINA - Development of open source and open services for natural history collections & research

Authors

Falko Glöckler, James Macklin, David Peter Shorthouse, Christian Bölling, Satpal Bilkhu, Christian Gendreau

Abstract

The DINA Consortium (DINA = “DIgital information system for NAtural history data”, https://dina-project.net) is a framework for like-minded practitioners of natural history collections to collaborate on the development of distributed, open source software that empowers and sustains collections management. Target collections include zoology, botany, mycology, geology, paleontology, and living collections. The DINA software will also permit the compilation of biodiversity inventories and will robustly support both observation and molecular data.

The DINA Consortium focuses on an open source software philosophy and on community-driven open development. Contributors share their development resources and expertise for the benefit of all participants. The DINA System is explicitly designed as a loosely coupled set of web-enabled modules. At its core, this modular ecosystem includes strict guidelines for the structure of Web application programming interfaces (APIs), which guarantees the interoperability of all components (https://github.com/DINA-Web). Important to the DINA philosophy is that users (e.g., collection managers, curators) be actively engaged in an agile development process. This ensures that the product is pleasing for everyday use, includes efficient yet flexible workflows, and implements best practices in specimen data capture and management. [...]

Read more in the published abstract

Keywords

natural history collection management, information system, open source, software development


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