Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

Infrastructure for integration and accessibility of data within biodiversity informatics

Swedish LifeWatch, SLW, and Biodiversity Atlas Sweden, BAS, are national e-infrastructures within biodiversity, which are currently funded separately by the Swedish Research Council, but on condition of a merger.

Swedish LifeWatch, SLW, is located at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Biodiversity Atlas Sweden, BAS, at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, but the consortiums are made up of a number of HEIs and research institutions. BAS also forms the Swedish node for the international infrastructure Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

The purpose of the infrastructures is to make biodiversity data accessible by linking together information from lots of different databases within a common, easily accessible and user-friendly infrastructure. Many millions of observations and registrations relating to biological diversity are made accessible here; everything from museum collections to data from citizen science and inventories are incorporated in standardised formats into a central database and made freely accessible to both researchers and the general public. Analysis tools are also offered, with which users of the infrastructure can link together data on biological diversity with variables such as satellite and climate data, and time and space aspects.

Following the merger, the format the infrastructures will use is expected to be based on a fully open source code, which leads to free development of analysis tools that can be shared with users across the whole world. Together, this type of infrastructure enables analyses, models and predictions, and thus increased and broadened knowledge about biodiversity both in Sweden and internationally.

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This infrastructure is funded by the Swedish Research Council.