Scientia Amabilis Digitalis: JACQ, the botanical collections world and the role of the University of Vienna - Heimo Rainer


Collections move digital for more than two decades now. This talk is centered around collections traditionally curated in Botanical Institutions. The University of Vienna houses a estimated 1.4 million botanical and mycological objects of global provenance. Beginning in the year 2000 we started cataloguing collection objects in the JACQ system and liberated data for usage by a wider audience to a global aggregator and in parallel to the Austrian branch simultaneously providing possibilities for visualization of the digitized objects. From the beginning the system was laid out to host data from multiple institutions to more than 40 institutions from 17 countries joined the Consortium. 

The presentation will illustrate the underlying concepts of the platform, show the chronology of the developments, current capabilities and implementation of FAIR concepts and semantic web technologies. It will also provide insights how JACQ is embedded, contributes, and is interlinked with institutional, national, and international projects and initiatives.

About Heimo Rainer

Heimo Rainer studied Botany and Zoology at the University of Vienna, working for 21 years in the Herbarium of the University of Vienna focused on the digitization of the collections. Since 2005 a parallel employment at the Natural History Museum in Vienna with a similar focus on the digitization at the botanical department. By the end of August 2021, he left the University of Vienna for a full employment at the NHM. Main fields of engagement besides extending the JACQ consortium currently include efforts in national and international projects including participation and contribution to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), coordinating the group of Open Scientific Collections Austrian (OSCA), and preparatory steps for joining the European ESFRI initiative Distributed System of Scientific Collections (