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Title: ViBRANT—Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy
Authors: Roberts, Dave
Smith, Vince
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Dave Roberts, Vince Smith, ViBRANT—Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, p. 53.
Biodiversity science brings information science and
technologies to bear on the data and information generated by the
study of organisms, their genes, and their interactions. ViBRANT will
help focus the collective output of biodiversity science, making it more
transparent, accountable, and accessible. Mobilising these data will
address global environmental challenges, contribute to sustainable
development, and promote the conservation of biological diversity.
Through a platform of web based informatics tools and services we
have built a successful data-publishing framework (Scratchpads)
that allows distributed groups of scientists to create their own
virtual research communities supporting biodiversity science. The
infrastructure is highly user-oriented, focusing on the needs of
research networks through a flexible and scalable system architecture,
offering adaptable user interfaces for the development of various
services. In just 28 months the Scratchpads have been adopted by
over 120 communities in more than 60 countries, embracing over
1,500 users. ViBRANT will distribute the management, hardware
infrastructure and software development of this system and connect
with the broader landscape of biodiversity initiatives including PESI,
Biodiversity Heritage Library (Europe), GBIF and EoL. The system
will also inform the design of the LifeWatch Service Centre and is
aligned with the ELIXIR and EMBRC objectives, all part of the ESFRI
roadmap. ViBRANT will extend the userbase, reaching out to new
multidisciplinary communities including citizen scientists by offering
an enhanced suite of services and functionality.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
Appears in Collections:Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems

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