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A Biodiversity Collection Access Service for Europe

Reference no: EVR1-CT-2001-40017
Acronym: BioCASE
Period: November 2001 till October 2004
Status: Completed

Institutes (32)  Top 
  • European Commission; Fifth Framework Programme; Infrastructure Support Programme, sponsor
  • Free University of Berlin; Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (FUB-BGBM), co-ordinator
    • Berendsohn, Walter
  • Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), more
  • Vorarlberger Naturschau (VNS)
  • Flemish Government; Economy, Science and Innovation; Botanic Garden Meise
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Institute of Botany
  • Cyprus Wild Life Society (CWS)
  • Morovian Museum; Department of Botany (MMB)
  • University of Copenhagen; Zoological Museum (ZMUC), more
  • Estonian Agricultural University; Institute of Zoology and Botany, more
  • University of Helsinki; Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS), more
  • National Natural History Museum Paris (MNHN), more
  • German Centre for Documentation and Information in Agriculture (ZADI)
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Department of Biology; Zoological Museum, more
  • Hungarian Natural History Museum
  • Israel Nature and Parks Authority
  • University of Trieste; Department of Biology, more
  • Latvian Museum of Natural History
  • Nature Research Centre; Institute of Botany
  • Musée national d’histoire naturelle
  • MALTA Environment Protection Department
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam; Institute of Systematics and Population Ecology
  • University of Oslo; Natural History Museum, more
  • University of Szczecin; Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), more
  • National Museum of Natural History "Grigore Antipa"
  • Slovak Academy of Sciences; Institute of Botany (IBSAS)
  • Slovenian Museum of Natural History
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)
  • Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), more
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • Natural History Museum (NHM), more

BioCASE is a consortium of 34 centres with expertise in biodiversity research, biological collections, and biodiversity informatics. Members also form a complete network of country nodes. The service created will offer for the first time a concerted access to the immense science knowledge base embodied by European biological collections.
An Internet access system, which uses metadata thesauri to link emerging networks and isolated collections will enable users to extract relevant information from constantly changing, highly heterogeneous and distributed base data of varying completeness, quality and depth.
BioCASE will support ongoing taxonomic projects of the EU, provide an access point for voucher information underpinning large areas of environmental and biodiversity research, directly contribute to meet EU obligations under the CBD, and provide significant input to the global Biodiversity Information Facility. Remark: Not all the partners are mentioned here.

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