ISBI International Collaboration on Biodiversity Infrastructures

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The ISBI department focuses on international collaboration to promote the development of biodiversity research infrastructures. We bring together and align natural history institutions and international initiatives on biodiversity infrastructures and data sharing related to natural history collections. 

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The Covid-19 Taskforce Reports
August 11th, 2020

The Covid-19 Taskforce Reports

Missed the broadcast? After three months of intensive collaboration, the CETAF-DiSSCo Covid-19 Task Force presented preliminary results of the work of more than 60 international dedicated scientists and bioinformatics professionals on 17 jul 2020. The Task…
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ICEDIG Design Study
August 11th, 2020

DiSSCo's Conceptual Design Blueprint

ICEDIG, DiSSCo's Design Study was completed on 31 March 2020 and culminated in the development of a Conceptual Design Blueprint for design of DiSSCo's digitization infrastructure including 104 recommendations supported by ICEDIG research and investigation…
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Facilitating international collaboration
for biodiversity

Naturalis' ISBI department was established in direct response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the international convergence of mass digitisation, open science, and data and research infrastructures. ISBI facilitates international, national and institutional collaboration between data, science, and biodiversity management infrastructures, and coordinates and aligns (inter)nationally funded initiatives and activities. Thereby, we hope to enable scientists, policymakers and other domain experts across organisations, countries, infrastructures and disciplines to seamlessly produce, publish and re-use integrated mass-scale biological and geological data driving the innovation needed to address today's urgent environmental and anthropogenic challenges.

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ISBI also leads and impartially engages with other international projects, initiatives, and partnerships to promote and facilitate international cooperation between European natural science institutions.

ISBI attempts to achieve synergy and cost-efficient cooperation between natural science institutions in Europe and the major international biodiversity data sharing initiatives. Within Naturalis, the ISBI department initiates and strengthens connections between international initiatives and Naturalis and ensures these developments are embedded within Naturalis' operational framework to optimize collaboration and stay abreast of emerging issues and technologies. Some of our collaborators include:


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Wouter AddinkWouter Addink

Coordinator Research Data and E-infrastructures

  • Development of (inter)national projects on biodiversity e-infrastructures
  • Coordinates all things technical in ISBI and is a fluent speaker of acronyms


Eva AlonsoEva Alonso 

Senior Project Manager and DiSSCo Prepare Project Manager

Coordinates a cluster of activities to secure synergy between different ISBI programme projects and relevant projects and development at institutional, national and international levels


Sharif IslamSharif Islam

DiSSCo Data Architect

Responsible for the design of the data architecture and associated services



Dimitris KoureasDimitris Koureas 

Head of the department, DiSSCo Coordinator

Responsible for mission, vision, decisions, and almost everything else except real window coverings



Tina LooTina Loo

Project Officer, Biodiversity Data

Responsible for biodiversity data and data policy related tasks with respect to European funded projects and DiSSCo development priorities



Niels RaesNiels Raes 

NLBIF Node Manager, Senior Project Leader Internationalization, and DiSSCo-NL National Node Manager

Coordinates a stream to secure synergy between different ISBI programme projects, and relevant projects and developments at institutional and (inter)national levels



Mil de ReusMil de Reus

Senior Management and Project Assistant

Responsible for administrative and financial support for the department and project initiatives (DiSSCo, MOBILISE and  NLBIF)



Angela MerkelCommunication and Outreach Officer