Trends and Developments in Biodiversity Informatics

Symposium: Key Innovations in Biodiversity Informatics

BioCASE - A Biodiversity Collection Access Service for Europe
W.Berendsohn, M.Doring, M.Gebhardt & A.Guntsch
Department of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 14191 Berlin, Germany

The BioCASE project () will implement a networked biological collection information system for Europe and Israel. The network consists of 31 national nodes providing metadata on collections and collection databases in their country through a daily XML based updating mechanism. These metadata are used to populate a database serving as a registry for clients accessing unit level databases. BioCASE will use the XML schema currently developed by the Working Group on Access to Biological Collection Data () as an exchange format for collection information.

Based on the results of its predecessor projects, BioCISE () and ENHSIN (), BioCASE will focus on the following main areas of investigation:
  • Specification of collection data interchange standards and organization of information flow.
  • Development of an extensible thesaurus to be used for collection data indexing and query expansion.
  • User interface and indexing module development.
  • User needs analysis in close co-operation with User interface design.
  • Economics and IPR.
A first prototype of the BioCASE User interface will be made available in summer 2003, the fully functional network will be in place by the end of 2004.

Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental

Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GBIF Sistema Integrado de Informação Taxonômica, ITIS*Brasil Species 2000 International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases, TDWG U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Petrobras Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Fapesp Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa, CNPq Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, MCT