Biodiversity Informatics - Biodiversity Informatics Projects of The World

Biodiversity Informatics Projects of The World

Global projects:

  • The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) (for marine species)
  • The Species 2000, ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System), and Catalogue of Life projects
  • EOL, The Encyclopedia of Life project
  • The Consortium for the Barcode of Life project
  • The uBio Universal Biological Indexer and Organizer, from the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory
  • The Index to Organism Names (ION) from Thomson Reuters, providing access to scientific names of taxa from numerous journals as indexed in the Zoological Record
  • ZooBank, the registry for nomenclatural acts and relevant systematic literature in zoology
  • The Index Nominum Genericorum, compilation of generic names published for organisms covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, maintained at the Smithsonian Institution in the U.S.A.
  • The International Plant Names Index
  • MycoBank, documenting new names and combinations for fungi
  • The List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) - Official register of valid names for bacteria and archaea, as governed by the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library project - digitising biodiversity literature
  • Wikispecies, open source (community-editable) compilation of taxonomic information, companion project to Wikipedia
  • TaxonConcept.org, a Linked Data project that connects disparate species databases
  • Instituto de Ciencias Naturales. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Virtual Collections and Biodiversity Informatics Unit
  • ANTABIF. The Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility gives free and open access to Antarctic Biodiversity data, in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty.

Regional and national projects:

  • Fauna Europaea
  • Atlas of Living Australia
  • A Pan-European Species-directories Infrastructure (PESI)
  • Symbiota
  • i4Life project
  • LifeWatch is proposed by ESFRI as a pan-European research (e-)infrastructure to support Biodiversity research and policy-making.

A listing of over 600 current biodiversity informatics related activities can be found at the TDWG "Biodiversity Information Projects of the World" database.

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