ISTC QoS Workshop Copenhagen 2018

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19-20 June 2018 in Copenhagen


Natural History Museum of Denmark
Gothersgade 130
DK-1123 Copenhagen


During the first day of the workshop, participants will present existing (and planned) implementations of stable specimen identifiers (see We will discuss pragmatic actions to improve the stability of individual implementations and the consistency of the entire system. Conclusions will be part of a CETAF best practice documentation providing the guideline for future implementations.

On the second day, we will focus on the interoperability of Linked Open Specimen Data between collections as well as interoperability with external resources. Expected outcomes are 1) agreed measures for improving the semantic richness of collection data and 2) agreed joint projects demonstrating the potential of specimen LOD. There will also be the opportunity for external participants to discuss interoperability between infrastructures and the role of CETAF IDs.

We ask the participants

  • to prepare an informal presentation of their (existing or planned) identifier implementation, which covers 1) the software platform used, 2) the choice of data elements and standards, 3) measures ensuring stability/persistence of identifiers, and 4) your questions, and
  • to bring ideas for potential smaller projects demonstrating the potential of Linked Open Collection Data.

During the workshop, we will jointly document our ideas and decisions in a Google Doc file, which will provide the basis for the minutes and best practices documentations.


  • Anton Güntsch (BGBM)
  • Jörg Holetschek (BGBM)
  • Dominik Röpert (BGBM)
  • Simon Chagnoux (MNHN)
  • Ayco Holleman (Naturalis)
  • Martin Stein (Natural History Museum of Denmark)
  • Stefan Seifert (SNSB)
  • Quentin Groom (Botanic Garden Meise)
  • Franck Theeten (RMCA/RBINS)
  • Falko Glöckler Jens Dobberthin (MfN)
  • Alex Schmid (SGN)
  • Pascal Tschudin (GBIF Switzerland)
  • Fabien Fivaz (GBIF Switzerland)
  • Björn Quast (ZFMK)
  • Peter Grobe (ZFMK)
  • Wouter Addink (Naturalis) -only day 2
  • Dimitris Koureas (Naturalis) -only day 2
  • Donald Hobern (GBIF) -only day 2
  • Ana Casino (CETAF) - only day 2

Draft agenda

Day 1 (June 19, 10:00 - 17:00): (CETAF-) internal

10:00 Welcome, introduction of participants, structure of the workshop, expected outcomes, minutes & documentation
10:45 Existing and planned ID implementations (<= 12 minutes each including questions)
NHM Denmark
BG Meise
GBIF Switzerland
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Towards improved stability
Local measures for stability of services and ID persistence?
A central service for checking URIs?
How can we implement an index of existing IDs?
Do we need a machine readable registry of ID implementations?
15:00 Towards improved interoperability
How can we agree and implement more consistent (RDF) element sets? (see
Pragmatic approaches to semantic enrichment of collection data (e.g. at BG Meise and BGBM)
Potential target elements for semantic enrichment?
Potential external resources for semantic enrichment?
Would it make sense to organise semantic enrichment with shared resources?
16:00 Questions / AOB
17:00 End of day 1

19:00 Dinner
Kompagnistræde 20
1208 Copenhagen

Day 2 (June 20, 9:00 - 16:00): open for external participants

9:00 Welcome, introduction of participants, structure of the workshop, expected outcomes, minutes & documentation
9:15 Linked Open Collection Data - pilot projects
(informal) Presentation of ideas
Selection of 2-3 most promising/attractive project ideas to be further developed in break out groups
10:00 Break out groups. Each group to discuss
Scope of the pilot
Required collections
Required external resources
Required semantic enrichment activities
Assessment of feasibility
11:30 Presentation of results, discussion and selection of most attractive project(s), roadmap
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 CETAF-IDs and biodiversity informatics infrastructures
The "data museum" project (Simon Chagnoux)
Semantic Morph∙D∙Base - Towards Linked Open Data for Morphology (Peter Grobe)
Unified indexing of biodiversity data (Donald Hobern)
DiSSCo (Wouter Addink)
Disscussion: Priorities and next steps? How can we improve coordination between infrastructures?
15:30 AOB and wrap up
16:00 End of workshop



By public transport to Nørreport Station

The venue is in close proximity (ca. 3 minutes walk) to Nørreport Station, the main hub of public transport in Copenhagen. The next crossing is Nørre Voldgade/Gothersgade, with the Botanical Garden's main entrance at the facing corner.

From the airport

The the metro from the airport (Terminal 3) to Nørreport Station (ca. 15 minutes; there are only two metro routes, both will go to Nørreport Station). You will need a ticket valid for three zones (DKK 36.00). For guidance from Nørreport Station. Taxi from the airport to Gothersgade 130 (ca. 25 minutes) will cost about DKK 250.

By train

Many trains will go directly to Nørreport Station. If yours doesn't, take bus **5C** headed for **Husum Torv** or **Herlev Hospital** or S-Train **A** headed for **Farum St.** from Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) to Nørreport Station. Busses will go roughly every 5 minutes, the S-Train every 10-15 minutes. You will need a ticket valid for two zones (DKK 24.00).

A useful route planner for public transport is:




Hotel Arthur ( ca. DKK 1000/night
Ibsens Hotel ( ca. DKK 850/night
Hotel Christian IV ( ca. DKK 900/night
Hotel Nora ( ca. DKK 900/night

There is good public transport in Copenhagen, and the venue is close to Nørreport Station, so it should be relatively easy to get to the meeting form hotels farther away.