Workshop Day on open/FAIR Natural History Data

The workshop day is intended for curators, managers, and users of natural history collections in Switzerland. It serves as a forum to draw up an overview of the current situation regarding data management and digitization in Swiss institutions and sets the collections and their data in the wider context of the emerging ecosystem of open/FAIR natural history data with its various infrastructures, stakeholders, initiatives, usage scenarios, value-added services, and governance structures.

The workshop day is a pre-event of the GLAMhack 2022, organized by the OpenGLAM working group of the association, hosted by the Natural History Museum of Bern and supported by and the eBioDiv Project, in cooperation with SwissCollNet and Infofauna.

For detailed program check out this link.

Date: Tuesday, 20 Sept. 2022

Time: 09:15 – 17:00

Place: Natural History Museum of Bern

Programm of the Workshop Day

09:15 – 09:45Check-in / Welcome CoffeeFoyer
09:45 – 10:15Welcome Address
Short Presentation of OpenGLAM (Open Data) and the GLAMhack, data ecosystem perspective
Introduction to the programme of the day / practical information
10:15 – 11:30Presentation of activities of various parties in the area of data management:
– Towards a virtual natural history collection (Michael Greeff, SwissCollNet)
– Collection databases (Stefan Hertwig, Natural History Museum of Bern)
– The data aggregation process in Switzerland (Lukas Wotruba, Datenzentrum Natur und Landschaft)
– Usage scenarios for natural history collection data (Tim Hirsch, GBIF International)
– Connecting biodiversity data infrastructures (Donat Agosti,
– Providing access to information about collection items in a central database – the case of geological data (Rachel Walcott, National Museums Scotland
11:30 – 12:00Coffee BreakFoyer
12:00 – 12:50Panel Discussion: Main challenges regarding the collaborative management and use of natural history dataAuditorium
12:50 – 13:50Lunch BreakTBD
13:50 – 14:00Introduction to the WorkshopsAuditorium
14:00 – 14:50Workshops Round 1:
1. Towards a virtual natural history collection (Michael Greeff, SwissCollNet)
2. Improving the data aggregation process (Glenn Litsios / Lukas Wotruba)
3. Enriching collection databases with research data about collection items (Donat Agosti)
Auditorium and break-out rooms
15:00 – 15:50Workshops Round 2:
1. Putting data from natural history collections to use (tbd / Tim Hirsch, GBIF International)
2. How to deal with sensitive data in the context of Open/FAIR Biodiversity Data? (Christian Kropf / Glenn Litsios)
3. Mapping the biodiversity data ecosystem and locating the Swiss stakeholders (tbd / Beat Estermann)
Auditorium and break-out rooms
16:00 – 16:30Workshop Wrap-up in the Plenary (5’ summary from each workshop)Auditorium
16:30 – 16:50Getting ready for the GLAMhack on 4-5 November in Mendrisio
Explanation of the functioning of the GLAMhack
Submission of challenges
16:50 – 17:00Farewell
Announcement of next steps

If you want to sign up for the GLAMHack itself check out this link