An important mission for Bionomia is to get links from ORCID and wikidata for collectors and determiners into the collections where the specimen data originated.
Bionomia indexes datasetKey, a unique identifier for datasets produced by and shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. However, the resultant downloads collection managers might receive from Bionomia using this key can be too large for the server to manage and produce in real-time. An asynchronous solution that does not affect the performance of the main website is desperately needed. This means the database must be replicated and the service layer separated from the main website. This is a technical problem with a well-defined solution. But, it requires some modest finances.
Collection Manager Support Campaign
To help collections managers, this campaign will also fund the publication of a white paper and other help documentation to describe what are the best practices in storing, managing, reconciling, and sharing people names in natural history collections. These documents can act as a recipe for software developers to decide what changes are necessary in collections management platforms.
Our goal is to help complete the data pipeline and ensure that credit is given for contributions made to natural history collections as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.