|EDIT||The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) is the collective answer of 29 leading European, North American and Russian institutions to a call of the European Commission, issued in 2004, for a network in « Taxonomy for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research ». The EDIT consortium agreement has started on the 1rst of March 2006 and will last 5 years.||Website|
|D4Science||D4Science-II is an European e-Infrastructure project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It constitutes a continuation of the DILIGENT and D4Science projects.||Website|
|Key to Nature||One of the first steps in discovering and understanding biodiversity is to identify the organisms around us. Traditionally, this has been done using paper keys, which enable us to correctly name an organism. Most of them, however, are difficult to us in education. KeyToNature is developing a range of new, much easier and paper-free identification tools. They are available on a variety of platforms including laptops and mobile phones and can be tailored to individual requirements.||Website|
|BHL-Europe||The Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe (BHL-Europe) is a 3 year project, involving 28 major natural history museums, botanical gardens and other cooperating institutions. The libraries of the European natural history museums and botanical gardens collectively hold the majority of the world’s published knowledge on the discovery and subsequent description of biological diversity. However, digital access to this knowledge is difficult. The objective of the BHL-Europe project is to make available Europe’s biodiversity information to everyone by improving the interoperability of European biodiversity digital libraries. The taxonomic literature digitised by BHL-Europe has a lot of images and protologues of living species. BHL would like to make this information available to KeyToNature to enrich the identification keys and provide links to the original literature.||Website|
|Open Up!||Countless natural history treasures are deposited in museums across the world, many hidden away beyond easy access. The OpenUp! project represents a free portal to these resources, offering virtual access to over one million items of the world’s biodiversity heritage. The objects made available through OpenUp! i4Life CoL download services have been deployed by OpenUp! as part of the data cleaning services and toolkit. The CoL is here used to identify potential naming problems for zoological collection object data contributed to the European digital library Europeana. Approximately 260,000 zoological objects have been checked in the first three months of 2013 using the Catalogue of Life.||Website|
|ELIXIR||ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the massive amounts of data being generated every day by publicly funded research. It is a pan-European research infrastructure for biological information. ELIXIR will provide the facilities necessary for life science researchers – from bench biologists to cheminformaticians – to make the most of our rapidly growing store of information about living systems, which is the foundation on which our understanding of life is built.”||Website|
|OpenBio||EUBrazilOpenBio (www.eubrazilopenbio.org) is a collaborative initiative addressing strategic barriers in biodiversity research by making user-friendly tools widely available in Brazil and Europe.||Website|
EUBrazilOpenBio & i4Life
The EUBrazilOpenBio Infrastructure will not be built from scratch. It will leverage on previous efforts and activities to deliver an infrastructure aggregating resources (data, tools, services) in the biodiversity domain from existing EU and Brazilian infrastructures and services.
In order to process the data and to generate results that are of interest for the biodiversity community, several components are requested and have been identified to be integrated in EUBrazilOpenBio eInfrastructure. On of these is the Cross reference tool of i4Life, which performs cross mapping tasks between different checklists.
A “cross-map” will enable the relationships between lists of species and other taxa in one species information system to be related to those in another species information system. This is a fundamental element of making it possible to perform data aggregation and complex analyses which require the use of data from multiple, diverse species information systems.
One of the objectives for the i4Life crossmapping tool in the EUBrazilOpenBio project is to improve its performance (response time) by using the resources available in the EUBrazilOpenBio infrastructure. The application will be built by 2 different parts, a web project containing the GUI that interacts with the other web application that expose the webservice for the cross mapping.
|Vibrant||Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy (ViBRANT) is a European Union FP7 funded project starting in December 2010 that will support the development of virtual research communities involved in biodiversity science. Our goal is to provide a more integrated and effective framework for those managing biodiversity data on the Web.||Website|
|BioVeL||BioVeL is a virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. BioVeL offers the possibility to use computerised “workflows” (series of data analysis steps) to process data, be that from one’s own research and/or from existing sources.||Website|
|Dictionary of Natural Products||The Dictionary of Natural Products on DVD provides today’s busy scientist with fast access to chemical, physical, and biological data on more than 230,000 compounds contained in over 68,000 entries. Continually reviewed to keep pace with the current literature, coupled with the inclusion of the Berdy Bioactive Natural Products and DEREP databases, this structure database is the most comprehensive source of natural product information available.||Website|
|PESI||PESI provided standardised and authoritative taxonomic information by integrating and securing Europe’s taxonomically authoritative species name registers and nomenclators (name databases) and associated exper(tise) networks that underpin the management of biodiversity in Europe. Project completed in 2011.||Website|