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Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy

Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy

Objective

Biodiversity science brings information science and technologies to bear on the data and information generated by the study of organisms, their genes, and their interactions. ViBRANT will help focus the collective output of biodiversity science, making it more transparent, accountable, and accessible. Mobilising these data will address global environmental challenges, contribute to sustainable development, and promote the conservation of biological diversity. Through a platform of web based informatics tools and services we have built a successful data-publishing framework (Scratchpads) that allows distributed groups of scientists to create their own virtual research communities supporting biodiversity science. The infrastructure is highly user-oriented, focusing on the needs of research networks through a flexible and scalable system architecture, offering adaptable user interfaces for the development of various services. In just 28 months the Scratchpads have been adopted by over 120 communities in more than 60 countries, embracing over 1,500 users. ViBRANT will distribute the management, hardware infrastructure and software development of this system and connect with the broader landscape of biodiversity initiatives including PESI, Biodiversity Heritage Library (Europe), GBIF and EoL. The system will also inform the design of the LifeWatch Service Centre and is aligned with the ELIXIR and EMBRC objectives, all part of the ESFRI roadmap. ViBRANT will extend the userbase, reaching out to new multidisciplinary communities including citizen scientists by offering an enhanced suite of services and functionality.
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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

€ 1 231 430

Administrative Contact

Gemma Robinson (Ms.)

Participants (22)

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INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 373 638

PENSOFT PUBLISHERS

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 354 195

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 285 165

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

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 29 303

JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 315 035

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 269 652

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 155 945

Biodiversity Overlay S.L.

Spain

VIZZUALITY SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 188 936

UNIVERSITE DE LA REUNION

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 081

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 235 110

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 232 049

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 30 439

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 76 696

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 230 628

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 345 764

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 280 348

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 52 586

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261532

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 257 074

  • EU contribution

    € 4 750 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

United Kingdom