Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

Research infrastructure

Environmental sciences – planet Earth

SBDI - Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure

SBDI is a portal for biodiversity data, with information about populations of plants, animals and other life forms. SBDI also provides analysis tools and updated taxonomies.

The purpose of the infrastructure is to make biodiversity data accessible, by linking together information from lots of different databases into a joint, easily accessible and user-friendly environment. 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. All are incorporated in standardised formats into a central database and made freely accessible to both researchers and the general public. Using the analysis tools, users can link together data on biological diversity with variables such as satellite and climate data, and also analyse the data collections in time and space.

The database and analysis tools are based on 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.

SBDI is funded by the Swedish Research Council and the ten universities and one other public agency included in the collaboration. SBDI is based at the Swedish Natural History Museum. SBDI also forms the Swedish node for the international infrastructure Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

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