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An appraisal of megascience platforms for biodiversity information

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Triebel, Dagmar ; Hagedorn, Gregor ; Rambold, Gerhard:
An appraisal of megascience platforms for biodiversity information.
In: MycoKeys. Vol. 5 (2012) . - pp. 45-63.
ISSN 1314-4049
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.5.4302

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The megascience platforms Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Catalogue of Life (CoL), Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), International Barcode of Life (iBOL), International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC) and JSTOR Plant Science, all belong to a group of global players that harvest, process, repurpose and provide biodiversity data on all kinds of organisms. Each of these platforms primarily focus on one data domain, for instance, taxonomy and classification, occurrence, morphology, ecology, and molecular data.
The present contribution describes aspects of processing and provision of biological research data on these platforms, focusing on the technical implementation of data exchange, copyright issues, and data sharing policies as well as their implications for data custodians, owners, providers, and publishers. With the exception of JSTOR Plant Science, most international initiatives seek long-term business models and funding mechanisms to provide online data openly and free of charge. For example, currently GBIF depends on governmental commitments for its funding, and CoL is financed by EU or national grants, as
well as being based on Species 2000, a British non-for-profit company, and ITIS. These business models are compared with that of JSTOR Plant Science, the commercial portal of the Global Plant Initiative (GPI). All initiatives currently meet challenges of sustainability with regard to data curation as well as software development for maintaining the complexity of their services. All platforms discussed here also harvest and provide mycological and lichenological research data.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Internet Platforms for Natural Sciences; BHL; CoL; EOL; GBIF; iBOL; JSTOR Plant Science; INSDC; DDBJ; EMBL; GenBank; Barcoding; Data Flow; Research Data
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology > Professorship Mycology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rambold
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 10:39
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 08:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33