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Toward the European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy

Toward the European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy

Objective

The overall objective of EDIT is to integrate European taxonomic effort within the ERA and to build a world leading capacity. EDIT will create a European virtual centre of excellence, which will increase both the scientific basis and capacity for biodivers ity conservation. The operational and structural objectives of EDIT are:[1] To reduce fragmentation and to transform taxonomy into an integrated science[2] To strengthen the scientific, technological and information capacities needed for Europe to understa nd how biodiversity is modified through Global change[3] To progress toward a transnational entity by encouraging durable integration of the most important European taxonomic institutions, forming the nucleus of excellence around and from which institution s and taxonomists can integrate their activities[4] To promote the undertaking of collaborative research developing, improving and utilising the bio-informatics technologies needed[5] To create a forum for stakeholders and end-users for taxonomy in biodive rsity and ecosystem research [6] To promote the spreading of excellence to fulfil the needs of biodiversity and ecosystem research for taxonomy based information. EDIT will address significant information and management of knowledge problems in a rapidly c hanging field. The issues to be addressed are scientific but also structural: about governance and management; about providing a suitable IT environment; about the development of new tools; and about getting taxonomists to work as one across European (and other) institutions. EDIT will bring together the leading taxonomic institutions in Europe that for historical reasons have developed independently. The association with leading North American and Russian partners will make it a worldwide leading network: the consortium so constituted unites the premier natural history collections-based institutions, to progress toward EDIT's structural and scientific objectives.

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Coordinator

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

Address

56 Rue De Lille
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

Jean-François FORTÉ (Mr)

Participants (29)

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MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

NATIONAAL HERBARIUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

STICHTING NEDERLANDS CENTRUM VOOR BIODIVERSITEIT NATURALIS

Netherlands

CENTRAALBUREAU VOOR SCHIMMELCULTURES

Netherlands

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

United Kingdom

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW

United Kingdom

STAATLICHES MUSEUM FUR NATURKUNDE STUTTGART

Germany

ROYAL BELGIAN INSTITUTE OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Belgium

MUSEE ROYAL DE L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE

Belgium

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF BELGIUM

Belgium

MUSEUM AND INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

INSTYTUT BOTANIKI IM. WLADYSLAWA SZAFERA, POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK

Poland

MAGYAR TERMESZETTUDOMANYI MUZEUM

Hungary

UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

BOTANICKY USTAV - SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED

Slovakia

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

France

SOCIETY FOR MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC BIODIVERSITY DATA LIMITED

Ireland

SPECIES 2000

United Kingdom

KOMAROV BOTANICAL INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

ZOOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

United States

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, NATIONAL MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

United States

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN

Germany

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

MUSEUM FÜR NATURKUNDE - LEIBNIZ INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY AT THE HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY BERLIN

Germany

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONESCIENTIFICAS

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 18340

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    28 February 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 11 900 000

Coordinated by:

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

France