Coordination and policy development in preparation for a European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System, addressing Acquisition, Curation, Synthesis, Interoperability and Dissemination


Biodiversity information constitutes an important source of knowledge for many disciplines. For example, it is fundamental to supporting conservation and for understanding the potential impacts of climate change. External and internal factors call for an urgent modernization of the production and accessibility of these data, information and knowledge. These external factors include the need for biodiversity data to support decisions for regional and taxon focused conservation. Internal factors are a consequence of the opportunities of the digital revolution, and the need to reconcile the escalating volume of data with the requirement to curate it by a fixed number of taxonomists.

The pro-iBiosphere project has been launched for a period of two years (September 1st, 2012 to August 31st, 2014), with the goal of addressing technical and semantic interoperability challenges and preparing the ground for the creation of a system for intelligent management of biodiversity knowledge which will improve the present system of taxonomic literature.
pro-iBiosphere kickoff meeting, 27-28 September, 2012, Leiden, the Netherlands




block 15 APRIL 2014
The pro-iBiosphere Final Event on very promising tracks

The event wiki page here has been recently updated with additional information on the different s...

block 9 APRIL 2014
Important principles of identification and web integration: Identifier and Resolution

by Kevin Richards, email:

The topic of "stable unique identifiers...

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Hacking OCR for pro-iBiosphere

* by David P. Shorthouse, Rod Page, Kevin Richards, Marko Tähtinen

Taking his own lead f...

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10 JUNE 2014 - 12 JUNE 2014
pro-iBiosphere Final Event in Meise (Brussels) - June 10-12, 2014

Agentschap Plententuin Meise (Botanic Garden Meise), Bouchout Castle – Meise (Brussels), Be...

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312848