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Distributed Dynamic Diversity Databases for Life

Distributed Dynamic Diversity Databases for Life

Objective

A coherent classification and species checklist of the world's plants, animals, fungi and microbes is fundamental for accessing information about biodiversity. The Catalogue of Life provides the world with a unique service: a dynamically updated global index of validated scientific names, synonyms and common names integrated within a single taxonomic hierarchy.
The Catalogue of Life was initiated as a European Scientific Infrastructure under FP5 and has a distributed knowledge architecture. Its federated e-compendium of the world's organisms grows rapidly (now covering well over one million species), and has established a formidable user base, including major global biodiversity portals as well as national biodiversity resources and individual users worldwide.
Joint Research Activities in this 4D4Life Project will establish the Catalogue of Life as a state of the art e-science facility based on an enhanced service-based distributed architecture. This will make it available for integration into analytical and synthetic distributed networks such as those developing in conservation, climate change, invasive species, molecular biodiversity and regulatory domains. User-driven enhancements in the presentation of distribution data and bio-data will be made.
In its Networking Activities 4D4Life will strengthen the development of Global Species Databases that provide the core of the service, and extend the geographical reach of the programme beyond Europe by realizing a Multi-Hub Network integrating data from China, New Zealand, Australia, N. America and Brazil.
Service Activities, the largest part of 4D4Life, will create new electronic taxonomy services, including synonymy server, taxon name-change, and download services, plus new educational and popular services, for instance for hand-held devices.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Address

Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
Rg6 6ah Reading

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 127 680

Administrative Contact

Gemma Lowe (Mrs)

Participants (39)

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Land Oberösterreich

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Australia

TSJ BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 38 116

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

Centro de Referencia em Informacao Ambiental

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 39 131

INSTITUTE OF BOTANY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

EU Contribution

€ 16 371

NARODNI MUZEUM-NATIONAL MUSEUM NM

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 45 261

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 4 335

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

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

GENERALDIREKTION DER STAATLICHE NATURWISSENSCHAFTLICHEN SAMMLUNGEN BAYERNS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 348

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 15 781

DEUTSCHES KREBSFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM HEIDELBERG

Germany

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 40 232

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 241 109

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

STICHTING EXPERTISECENTRUM VOOR TAXONOMISCHE IDENTIFICATIES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 709 424

LANDCARE RESEARCH NEW ZEALAND LTD

New Zealand

MUSEUM AND INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

Species 2000

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 85 120

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 31 672

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 288 445

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

INTERNATIONAL TRUST FOR ZOOLOGICAL NOMENCLATURE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 15 836

CAB INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 116

BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 179 051

National Museum Wales

United Kingdom

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

United States

FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC

Philippines

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238988

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2009

  • End date

    31 July 2012

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 700 382

  • EU contribution

    € 3 300 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom