GRSciColl: The Global Registry of Scientific Collections

Cephalotes integerrimus. Photo by Vincent Perrichot via AntWeb, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

After several months offline, GRSciColl has found a new home at For now, the data is read-only, but that will change in the future.

GRSciColl is a comprehensive, community-curated clearinghouse of information about object-based scientific collections. GRSciColl serves as the registry for InstitutionCodes and CollectionCodes—elements used in the DarwinCore data standard—which enables publications and databases to point unambiguously to collections and their contents.

GRSciColl includes data on institutions and collections that span all scientific disciplines, including earth and space sciences, anthropology, archaeology, biology, biomedicine as well as applied fields like agriculture, veterinary medicine, and technology.

The main goals of GRSciColl are:

  1. To improve access to information about institutions the scientific collections they hold and to facilitate access to the staff members who manage them
  2. To improve interoperability among databases by providing unique codes and machine-readable identifiers for institutions and collections

The next phase of development will open the registry to validated users for submissions and edits. Subsequent stages will engage other partners to support functionality like linking collections to specimens, tracking DOI-based citations of collections and supporting or enhancing various collection metadata schemas.

GRSciColl data sources and maintenance

Staff members from institutions and collections originally entered the information contained in GRSciColl. GBIF aims to restore this community-curation functionality promptly, thus enabling the personnel that work with each of the institutions and collections to keep the content up to date.

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