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Traditionally, experts add information to biological specimens in written form. These annotation labels are stored with the specimen and provide an important quality control mechanism and improve the value of herbarium.
During its first phase, the project developed a fully functional prototype of an annotation data repository for complex and cross-linked data including back-end server functionality, web services and an on-line user interface. Main objectives of the current project phase are 1 rolling out the software to major biodiversity portals in order to further establish the system and methodology in the domain and to gather user input for improving the interface and procedures.
This will include extensions of the types of biodiversity content handled by the system and 2 extending the generic qualities of AnnoSys to further structured data formats including non-XML-based standards with machine readable explicit semantic concepts, and thus opening up the data gathered through AnnoSys for the Semantic Web and Open Data.
This will also include the investigation and integration with other annotation systems based on the W3 Open Annotation Community Group standard. A community platform for the development and documentation of the ABCD standard for natural history collections The project ABCD Access to Biological Collection Data is an international standard for the exchange of biological collection and observation data.
This method was effective in the first decade of the ABCD development. However, due to a growing and diversifying user community and the introduction of semantic technologies it is reaching certain limits. The ABCD concepts are arranged hierarchically and are referenced by their xpath from the root node.
A direct use in the Semantic Web is therefore not possible. The proposed project aims to develop a platform that provides ABCD concepts in a machine-readable form, together with a versioned documentation.
The Europeana DSI project aims to ensure the continued operation of the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure DSI and to facilitate the transition of the Europeana website from a portal to a multi-sided platform, offering a variety of services to data providers, end users and re-users. Key objectives are to make it easier for providers to add their content to the Europeana site; improve the quality of metadata and the quantity of digital objects available; and increase the amount of objects with open licencing conditions.
This includes digitized specimens, natural history artwork, animal sounds, and videos. During the process scientific metadata items are enriched by literature references, geo names, and common names of plants and animals to increase the accessibility of objects by non-scientific users.
So far, 23 partners from 12 European countries take part in the OpenUp! Data providers benefit from reaching new audiences, increasing web traffic to institutional websites and gaining better visibility towards research funding organizations and within society.
The Europeana DSI project is funded and under the Connecting Europe Facility CEF that supports trans-European networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. The project develops a soil zoology information system with comprehensive ecological and taxonomic query mechanisms.
The system serves as a publicly available tool for biodiversity sciences and give access to distributed collection data as well as data from literature.
The 4-year project - is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. To handle the scale and complexity of the scientific questions being addressed, there is a strong need to integrate knowledge because biological data are currently scattered and difficult to share.
We propose here a coherent infrastructure to improve scientific data integration and preservation. The overall goal is to provide a sustainable, service oriented, national data infrastructure facilitating data sharing and stimulating data intensive science in the fields of biological and environmental research.
The federation will build on proven data archiving infrastructures and workflows such as those of PANGAEA for environmental data and the resources of Germany's major natural history collection data repositories.
The new infrastructure will improve and integrate these existing components within a common technological and organizational framework. The planned infrastructure will address data management requirements of a large range of stakeholders including individual scientists, natural history collections as well as larger research networks.
It will be capable to handle highly interdisciplinary heterogeneous data. Within the current project, special consideration will be given to genome data, ecological and environmental data as well as collection related data.
Services provided by the GFBio will cover the full life cycle of research data from field or real time data acquisition to long term archiving and publication as well as analysis and re-use of these data. An important aspect is the provision of terminology services supporting semantic enrichment and integration of research data.
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