Dimitrios N Koureas

Dimitrios N Koureas
Naturalis Biodiversity Center | NCB · ISBI

PhD

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Introduction
Executive director of the pan-European Research Infrastructure DiSSCo and director of the International Biodiversity Infrastructures programme at Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
University of Oxford
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics
January 2014 - March 2015
Natural History Museum, London
Position
  • EU Biodiversity Informatics specialist
January 2013 - December 2014
University of Reading
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
June 2003 - December 2011
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Plant Taxonomy
September 1996 - March 2002

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Publications (31)
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The landscape of biodiversity data infrastructures and organisations is complex and fragmented. Many occupy specialised niches representing narrow segments of the multidimensional biodiversity informatics space, while others operate across a broad front, but differ from others by data type(s) handled, their geographic scope and the life cycle phase...
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The landscape of biodiversity data infrastructures and organisations is complex and fragmented. Many occupy specialised niches representing narrow segments of the multidimensional biodiversity informatics space, while others operate across a broad front but differ from others by data type(s) handled, their geographic scope and the life cycle phase(...
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BiCIKL is an European Union Horizon 2020 project that will initiate and build a new European starting community of key research infrastructures, establishing open science practices in the domain of biodiversity through provision of access to data, associated tools and services at each separate stage of and along the entire research cycle. BiCIKL wi...
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In an effort to characterise the various dimensions of activity within the biodiversity informatics landscape, we developed a framework to survey these dimensions for ten major organisations*1 relative to both their current activities and long-term strategic ambitions. This survey assessed the contact between these infrastructure organisations by c...
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The Horizon 2020 project Bi odiversity C ommunity I ntegrated K nowledge L ibrary (BiCIKL) (started 1st of May 2021, duration 3 years) will build a new European community of key research infrastructures, researchers, citizen scientists and other stakeholders in biodiversity and life sciences. Together, the BiCIKL 14 partners will solidify open scie...
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This poster outlines the role that can be played by natural science collections for monitoring of environmental contaminants in biota
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The Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) Research Infrastructure (RI) is presently in its preparatory phase. DiSSCo is developing a new distributed RI to operate as a one-stop-shop for the envisaged European Natural Science Collection (NSC) and all its derived information. Through mass digitisation, DiSSCo will transform the fragme...
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DiSSCo, the Distributed System of Scientific Collections, is a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) mobilising, unifying bio- and geo-diversity information connected to the specimens held in natural science collections and delivering it to scientific communities and beyond. Bringing together 120 institutions across 21 countries and combining e...
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Data science is facing the following major challenges: (1) developing scalable cross-disciplinary capabilities, (2) dealing with the increasing data volumes and their inherent complexity, (3) building tools that help to build trust, (4) creating mechanisms to efficiently operate in the domain of scientific assertions, (5) turning data into actionab...
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Data science is facing the following major challenges: (1) developing scalable cross-disciplinary capabilities, (2) dealing with the increasing data volumes and their inherent complexity, (3) building tools that help to build trust, (4) creating mechanisms to efficiently operate in the domain of scientific assertions, (5) turning data into actionab...
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Research collections are an important tool for understanding the Earth, its systems, and human interaction. Despite the importance of collections, many are not maintained or curated as thoroughly as we would like. Part of the reason for this is the lack of professional reward for collection, curation, or maintenance. To address this gap in attribut...
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We examine the intersection of the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), the challenges and opportunities presented by the aggregation of widely distributed and heterogeneous data about biological and geological specimens, and the use of the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) data model and components as an approach to...
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European natural history collections are a critical infrastructure for meeting the most important challenge humans face over the next 30 years – creating a sustainable future for ourselves and the natural systems on which we depend – and for answering fundamental scientific questions about ecological, evolutionary, and geological processes. Since 2...
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The collaboration between LifeWatch ERIC and DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections), both pan-European research infrastructures focusing on biodiversity, can be achieved in a number of ways. The direct initiation of this collaboration can be carried out through their joint support to GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility). T...
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European Natural Science Collections (NSC) are part of the global natural and cultural capital and represent 80% of the world bio-and geo-diversity. Data derived from these collections underpin thousands of scholarly publications and official reports (used to support legislative and regulatory processes relating to health, food, security, sustainab...
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Imagine you are a scientist, working on collections. You have your pet taxon and you need information which is distributed in a number of books and publications but also in the specimens deposited in Museums or Herbaria. Instead of paying visits to these establishments, around the world, you wish there was a means to transform all the information y...
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Research collections are an important tool for understanding the Earth, its systems, and human interaction. Despite the importance of collections, many are not maintained or curated as thoroughly as we would like. Part of the reason for this is the lack of professional reward for collection, curation, or maintenance. To address this gap in attribut...
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Preserved specimens in natural science collections have lifespans of many decades and often, several hundreds of years. Specimens must be unambiguously identifiable and traceable in the face of changes in physical location, changes in organisation of the collection to which they belong, and changes in classification. When digitizing museum collecti...
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Many biogeographical, macroecological and biodiversity studies rely on digitized and georeferenced specimen data from natural history musea and herbaria. Currently, GBIF, the most important data portal for biodiversity data holds 149 million records of preserved specimens. Within Europe, however, it is estimated that all collection institutes colle...
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Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) are fundamental variables that can be used for assessing biodiversity change over time, for determining adherence to biodiversity policy, for monitoring progress towards sustainable development goals, and for tracking biodiversity responses to disturbances and management interventions. Data from observations o...
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DiSSCo (The Distributed System of Scientific Collections) is a Research Infrastructure (RI) aiming at providing unified physical (transnational), remote (loans) and virtual (digital) access to the approximately 1.5 billion biological and geological specimens in collections across Europe. DiSSCo represents the largest ever formal agreement between n...
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Europe is building its Open Science Cloud; a set of robust and interoperable e-infrastructures with the capacity to provide data and computational solutions through cloud-based services. The development and sustainable operation of such e-infrastructures are at the forefront of European funding priorities. The research community, however, is still...
Technical Report
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SYNTHESYS3 consortium recognises the importance of the Societal Challenges identified by the Horizon2020 programme and relevance of natural history collections for solving problems outside the traditional and conventional fields. We have reviewed 26 Use Cases backed up by documentary evidence demonstrating how the collections, expertise and service...
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In order to preserve the variety of life on Earth, we must understand it better. Biodiversity research is at a pivotal point with research projects generating data at an ever increasing rate. Structuring, aggregating, linking and processing these data in a meaningful way is a major challenge. The systematic application of information management and...
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Data relevant to the study of plant taxonomy and biodiversity are being produced at an ever-increasing rate. Most of them are valuable primary data generated in the context of small projects mostly by local communities or individual researchers. Local floristic studies, single nomenclatural acts, small taxonomic treatments, morphological and ecolog...
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Free-to-use information services and e-Infrastructures aim to provide a stable, accessible and reliable environment for their communities. As the majority of e-infrastructures are initially designed, developed and implemented under externally funded projects over a defined time period, post-project sustainability is often a concern. In the absence...
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Free-to-use information services and e-Infrastructures aim to provide a stable, accessible and reliable environment for their communities. As the majority of European e-infrastructures are initially designed, developed and implemented under externally funded projects over a defined time period, post-project sustainability is often a concern. The f...
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The present study consists of four parts concerning the: (i) taxonomic history of “thyme” plants, (ii) geographical distribution of Th. sibthorpii in Greece, (iii) morphological as well as (iv) chemical (essential oil content) variation of Th. sibthorpii growing wild in different habitat types. The overall results are discussed in relation to the t...
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The study of essential oils obtained from Coridothymus capitatus and Satureja thymbra collected from different natural habitat types of 11 NATURA 2000 sites scattered all over Crete has shown that they are characterized either by a high amount of carvacrol (up to 75.7%) or thymol (up to 65.6%) or by a more or less equal amount of the two phenols. T...

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DiSSCo is one of the largest joint European initiatives to unify access across natural history collections in 19 European countries. DiSSCo vision is to transform a fragmented access model to an integrated data-driven panEuropean Research Infrastructure. A new legal entity that will provide collection data at the scale, form and precision required to support scientific innovation across disciplines. http://dissco.eu