A consortium consisting of major European biodiversity organizations, including natural history museums, botanic gardens, companies and biological societies, announce the launch of pro-iBiosphere. This EU e-Infrastructure coordination project is targeting the preparation of the European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System.
During its two-year duration, pro-iBiosphere aims to prepare (= pro), through a coordination action, the ground for an integrative system (= sphere) for intelligent (= i) management of biodiversity (= bio) knowledge. Once it becomes operational, the European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System will play a major role in facilitating the synthesis of core biodiversity data. It will create an authoritative framework including discovery of new species, naming of specimens and species, identification tools, descriptions, and various other basic types of information. It will also facilitate the acquisition of high quality biodiversity data from various sources, including legacy data; the curation of the data; and at the same time it will optimize the delivery of those data to users.
More information can be found here: http://wiki.pro-ibiosphere.eu/wiki/Press_release