Monday, 12 March, 2018


CETAF was present at the highly anticipated ICEDIG Opening Conference which was hosted by the Finnish Natural History Museum in Helsinki on March 6th, 2018. The conference marked the start of stakeholder engagement efforts of the Horizon 2020 project ICEDIG – Innovation and consolidation of for large scale digitisation of natural heritage, in which CETAF is Work Package Leader for all communication and dissemination matters.

The event, titled “Transforming Natural Science Collections for the Digital Age”, brought together project participants and stakeholders to discuss the role of ICEDIG, current developments in the field of mass digitisation of natural science collections, and the use of collections data. Lively discussions were held as stakeholders in the audience interacted with the speakers. Critical themes were being addressed covering various aspects of mass digitisation and empowering collections data.

A panel discussion “Building DiSSCo together” was subsequently held to close off the conference, where experts and stakeholders discussed how they could bring together their knowledge and services to build up the new Research Infrastructure. General Secretary Ana Casino spoke for CETAF and DiSSCo at this table alongside Deborah Paul (iDigBio), Donald Hobern (GBIF), Jeroen Bloothoofd (Picturae), Adriana de Palma (NHM London) and Dimitris Koureas (Naturalis & DiSSCo). All speakers acknowledged that the sheer magnitude and complexity of realising DiSSCo will be an enormous challenge but all agree that it is imperative that the new research infrastructure will be built to respond to the societal challenges that face us today and tomorrow.


 CLICK HERE for the video of the complete ICEDIG Open Conference.





Panel discussion “Building DiSSCo together” | From left to right: Adriana de Palma (NHM London), Ana Casino (CETAF & DiSSCo), Dimitris Koureas (Naturalis & DiSSCo), Deborah Paul (iDigBio), Donald Hobern (GBIF), Jeroen Bloothoofd (Picturae).