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. 

in brief

DiSSCo’s first all-hands meeting (AHM1) took place last 18-22 January.
February 8th, 2021

DiSSCo’s first all-hands meeting: how it went

DiSSCo’s first all-hands meeting (AHM1) took place last 18-22 January. The event was a great opportunity for all of us to really look closely into DiSSCo: the scope of the project, its different dimensions, all the activities, the expectations… It was also…
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Beatles made digital
January 19th, 2021

DiSSCo presents its PID consultation results

Less than a week ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming more than 65 experts from all over the world to DiSSCo’s Digital Specimens PID Seminar. During the online event, DiSSCo’s technical team presented the outcomes of the Consultation on Digital Specimens…
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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 from the natural science…
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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:

Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility (NLBIF) 

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Catalogue of Life (COL)

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Barcode of Life (BOLD)


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we are

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.


Communications and Outreach OfficerJosé Alonso
Communications and Outreach Officer

Coordinates the development and implementation of DiSSCo's communications strategies and initiatives.  Responsible for making sure that DiSSCo not only informs but also communicates its message.


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, Naturalis Biodiversity Center CIO

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



Niki KyriakopoulouNiki Kyriakopoulou 
Scientific Data Specialist

Responsible for the prediction, validation and visualisation of Biodiversity data linkages as part of the BiCIKL (Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library) project, and to ensure this work is aligned with DiSSCo's data infrastructure development.


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).