Integration and Mobilization of Data about Biotic Diversity of Eukaryota in Resources of Polish Scientific Institutions (IMBIO)
Project webiste — imbio.uw.edu.pl
The project was created by a consortium of 18 scientific institutions, belonging to the Polish Biodiversity Information Network (KSIB). The goal is to open access to scientific information in resoruces of Polish scientific institutions, referring to biotic diversity of eukaryotic organisms. The scope covers digitization and digital publishing of data that have no digital form or have not been accessible by Internet (mobilisation) as well as integration of content and structure of the data (integration). The resources to be digitized encompass biological specimen collections, and published and archival legacy materials of the consortium members. The data will be available through the data portal (under construction) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
Goal and scope of activities
The aim of the project is to integrate data on distribution of organisms, using information accumulated in various sources – natural collections, current research results, legacy data and bibliography. It brings together a wide group a number of institutions connected with KSIB and a wide group of contributors.
The first phase of activities (2010-2012) covered insects of Poland belonging to orders of beetles, butterflies and moths, and true bugs — in total more than 12 000 species. It was supported by the grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education "Mapa Bioróżnorodności Polski w światowym systemie integracji danych o różnorodności biologicznej" (no. 762/N-GBIF/2010/0). Currently, the started activities are being continued and the information system is being extended with other organism groups.
- technical: Biodiversity Map Database (BioMap DB) and related access tools
- scientific: publications resulted from the project
- organizational: cooperation of specialists, institutions and organizations related to the scope of the project
Although data integration as such does not directly create new scientific knowledge, the quick access tool to formerly distributed sources may facilitate data analysis and research planning, giving a chance to enhance future scientific activities in macroecology, taxonomy and biogeography. It can be used in applications connected with nature conservation, lanscape planning or monitoring of pest and invasive species. We trust that the Biodiversity Map will become a useful tool providing thorough information about the rich and complex biodiversity of Poland.