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Synthesis of systematic resources

Synthesis of systematic resources

Objective

European natural history collections are a critical infrastructure for meeting the most important challenge humans face over the next 30 years – mapping 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 2004 SYNTHESYS has been an essential instrument supporting this community, underpinning new ways to access and exploit collections, harmonising policy and providing significant new insights for thousands of researchers, while fostering the development of new approaches to face urgent societal challenges. SYNTHESYS+ is a fourth iteration of this programme, and represents a step change in evolution of this community. For the first time SYNTHESYS+ brings together the European branches of the global natural science organisations (GBIF, TDWG, GGBN and CETAF) with an unprecedented number of collections, to integrate, innovate and internationalise our efforts within the global scientific collections community. Major new developments addressed by SYNTHESYS+ include the delivery of a new virtual access programme, providing digitisation on demand services to a significantly expanded user community; the construction of a European Loans and Visits System (ELViS) providing, for the first time, a unified gateway to accessing digital, physical and molecular collections; and a new data processing platform (the Specimen Data Refinery), applying cutting edge artificial intelligence to dramatically speed up the digital mobilisation of natural history collections. The activities of SYNTHESYS+ form a critical dependency for DiSSCo - the Distributed System of Scientific Collections, which is the European collection communities ESFRI initiative. DiSSCo will undertake the maintenance and sustainability of SYNTHESYS+ products at the end of the programme.
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Coordinator

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Address

Cromwell Road
Sw7 5bd London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 561 559,53

Participants (31)

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Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 415 907,25

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 319 911,69

MUSEE ROYAL DE L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 257 152,47

AGENTSCHAP PLANTENTUIN MEISE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 313 460,80

CONSORTIUM OF EUROPEAN TAXONOMIC FACILITIES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 202 941,97

NARODNI MUZEUM-NATIONAL MUSEUM NM

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 201 788,90

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 242 794,05

MUSEUM FUR NATURKUNDE - LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR EVOLUTIONS- UND BIODIVERSITATSFORSCHUNG AN DER HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 455 023,93

SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 276 205,90

STAATLICHES MUSEUM FUER NATURKUNDE STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 126 872,33

ZOOLOGISCHES FORSCHUNGSMUSEUM ALEXANDER KOENIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 257 170,72

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 358 669,48

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 183 639,78

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 328 664,57

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 485 709,33

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 710 680,60

A.2.I.A. ANALYSE D IMAGE ET INTELLIGENCE ARTIFICIELLE - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE ANALYSIS SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 163,88

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 82 218,75

ETHNIKO DIKTYO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 126 500

MAGYAR TERMESZETTUDOMANYI MUZEUM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 179 155,70

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 213 951,15

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 682 520,03

PICTURAE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 412 452,25

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON TAXONOMIC DATABASE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 52 828,13

NATURHISTORISKA RIKSMUSEET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 482 465,06

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 65 237,82

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 521 095,98

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 213 715,33

DIGIRATI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 41 250

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 165 292,62

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 823827

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2019

  • End date

    31 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 325 201,90

  • EU contribution

    € 10 000 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

United Kingdom