Workshop Berlin 1 (8 October 2013) - How to improve technical cooperation and interoperability at the e-infrastructure level

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How to improve technical cooperation and interoperability at the e-infrastructure level

October 8, 8:30 – 17:30, Venue: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

The workshop will be held in parallel to workshop 4.2 (“How to promote and foster the development & adoption of common mark-up standards & interoperability between schemas”) and be split into two working groups:


Group1: collection identifiers implementation review and roadmap


  • Review implementations of http URI identifiers for collections at Edinburgh, BGBM, Paris, MfN, Kew, and Leiden (see
  • Discuss access services, registrations, and potential applications.
  • Discuss the use of http URIs beyond collections.
  • Plan roadmap for further implementations.


Roger Hyam (RBGE)

Draft agenda (to be finalised by working group chair)

8:15 - 9:00 Registration in front of the Blütensaal - in the Museum Exhibition

9:00 - 09:30 Welcome by the Director of the FUB-BGBM & Joint Introduction (together with M4.2 participants) Blütensaal

09:30 - 12:30 (coffee break in the foyer of the museum: 10:45 - 11:00)

  • Quick recap of HTTP URIs as discussed at RBGE - Roger Hyam (see RBGE Meeting and this wiki for background)
  • Review of collection identifiers implementations by CETAF institutions AS25 (please fill in your implementation below or indicate if you would like to present)
  1. RBGE, Roger Hyam, e.g. [1] and [2]
  2. FUB-BGBM,Dominik Röpert, e.g. [3]
  3. Naturalis, Ayco Holleman, Experiences with PURLs
  4. Harvard museums, Bob Morris, e.g for Harvard University Herbaria [4], returns RDF, no content negotiation yet. e.g. for Museum of Comparative Zoology [5] returns HTML. No content negotiation yet.
  5. MNHN, Simon Chagnoux, e.g. fossil [6], botany [7] and [8], zoology [9]
  6. NBGB, Quentin Groom, jpg of herbarium specimens on our image server [10]; zoomify images [11] and jpg of our living collections [12]
  7. MfN, Gregor Hagedorn, Falko Glöckler: Collection objects: physical objects:, images:, RDF:
  • Roadmap for further activities.
  • RDF sitemaps and identifier systems as services. AS25 Background reading [13] and [14](if you have implemented a sitemap of some other archive format please indicate below.)
  1. FUB-BGBM, Dominik Röpert - sitemap [15] download: [16]
  2. RBGE, Roger Hyam - Sitemap.xml for RBGE - including links to dwca files for discussion
  • High Level Use-cases For Harvesting etc
  1. Geotaxonomic Index of Collections Taxon/Date/Country - Background
  2. -- your use-case here

12:30 - 13:15 lunch break

13:15 – 16:30 (coffee break: 14:45 - 15:00)

  • Structured Discussion on Sitemaps/Archives/Harvesting continues.
  • Discuss identifiers for names, treatments, images, bibliographic references. AS25 (if you have an implementation or would like to briefly present please create a line below)
  1. RBGE, Roger Hyam - very experimental and un-official taxon HTTP URI [17]
  2. MfN and Plazi: Gregor Hagedorn - Treatments and linking to names and specimens

16:30 - 17:30 Summary & Discussion (together with M4.2 participants) Blütensaal - in the Museum Exhibition

Group 2: service registries and the BiodiversityCatalogue


  • Discuss the potential of a central service registry for biodiversity-related infrastructures and services
  • Review the present functionality of the BiodiversityCatalogue and recommend additional features (
  • Develop a roadmap for advertising the system and integrating services into the catalogue.


Anton Güntsch (FUB-BGBM)


8:15 - 9:00 Registration in front of the Blütensaal - in the Museum Exhibition

9:00 - 09:30 Welcome by the Director of the FUB-BGBM & Joint Introduction (together with M4.2 participants) Blütensaal

09:30 - 10:45 BiodiversityCatalogue Introduction Studio A228

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break in the foyer of the museum

11:00 - 12:30 BiodiversityCatalogue: hands-on experience

  • Participants will try the catalogue themselves (for example by registering real or fictive services).

12:30 - 13:15 Lunch break

13:15 - 13:45 Define break-out discussion groups for the afternoon.

Possible topics:

  • BiodiversityCatalogue Meta-services. The BiodiversityCatalogue offers "Meta-service" endpoints for searching and retrieving service metadata compiled in the catalogue. the break-out group will assess theses services and recommend potential improvements.
  • Service Category Classification. The BiodiversityCatalogue offers a controlled set of service categories which can be used to classify services. The break-out group will make recomendations for improving this classification system.
  • User Annotations. A system for annotating services and feed-back of user experiences to the service providers could be an important additional feature for the BiodiversityCatalogue. The break-out group will draft an initial specification for such a system.
  • Service metadata. The break-out group will assess the present set of Metadata elements used in the catalogue for describing individual servicesand make recommendations for additional elements.
  • How to promote the BiodiversityCatalogue.
  • Other ideas

13:45 - 15:45 Break-out groups

  • Each group should document their discussions/outcomes on a poster and/or on the working group wiki page.

15:45 - 16:30 Summary of break-out discussions

16:30 - 17:30 Summary & Discussion (together with M4.2) Blütensaal - in the Museum Exhibition


19:00 Workshop Dinner @ Restaurant Alter Krug, Königin-Luise-Str. 52, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem
If you would like to join the dinner arrangements please contact Sabrina Eckert (s.eckert[at] Dinner is paid by each participant.

Participant list


Pre-workshop questionnaire

Please fill in the below questionnaire (follow link) and help us shape the workshop accordingly. This will only take 5 -10min. Thank you!


Limited funding is available for participants. For approval of funding and a copy of the Reimbursement Form please email Sabrina Eckert under Dinner, taxi and additional hotel charges have to be paid by participants themselves. For more deatails see here under funding: [[18]]