ViBRANT! Virtual Biodiversity21st Century taxonomyThe challenge for modern taxonomists Goal… • Inventory the Earth’s species • Document their relationships • “Publish” & apply these data Data set… • 1.8 M described spp. (10M names) • 300M pages (over last 250 years) • 1.5-3B specimens People… • 4-6,000 scientists • 30-40,000 “pro-amateurs” • Many more citizen scientists?
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityThe problem Science is global • It needs global standards • Global workflows • Cooperation of global players Science is carried out locally • By local scientists • Being part of local infrastructures • Having local funders
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityTowards a solutionThe European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy • A Network of Excellence (NoE) • 29 leading European, North American, & Russian natural history collections-based institutions • Circa 12M €, funded under EU FP6 • March 2006 - February 2011 Products… • Funding • Training & outreach • Websites • Integrated scientific activities • Inventories • Computer tools
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityGoal a scholarly communication system that is intertwined with the pursuit of natural history, rather than an after- thought or annex
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityWhat is a Scratchpad? A website for you & your community 1 2 3 Your data Uploaded & “Published” & reviewed tagged on your site Fast Intuitive Fit for use
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityScratchpadsOverview • Hosted websites for taxonomists • Research & publication platform • Modular (Drupal) & flexible • Supports the taxonomic workflow • Bottom-up design, agile dev. • Ecosystem of communities (330+) • 7,350+ users (unpaid) from 2007
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityScratchpad Application FormFree to any individual or community
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversitySustaining ScratchpadsViBRANT: Building on EDIT & the Scratchpads “To set up the means, tools and infrastructure to produce a more rational and a more effective framework for European Biodiversity research” • A Virtual Research Environment (Scratchpads) where users can safely store, share and manage their research information. • Analytical services for users to build identification keys and phylogenetic trees. • A publication platform for users to automatically compile taxonomic manuscripts from their research database. • A portal for users to centrally access publicly accessible biodiversity research information and literature. • Training, support & sociological study, helping research communities to use these tools and services. • A standards compliant technical architecture that can be sustained by the biodiversity research community.
ViBRANT! Virtual BiodiversityViBRANT logistics • Starts December 2010 (36 months) • Project website (http://vbrant.eu) • Virtual Research Communities, CP-CSA, EU FP7 • €6.2M Euros (EU Contribution €4.75M) • 17 Partners in 9 countries, 603 person monthsCollaboration… • ESFRI Projects: LifeWatch, ELIXIR & EMBRC • GBIF - controlled vocabularies, nodes & observational data recording • PESI, 4D4Life & related EU projects • Encyclopedia of Life, Barcode of Life & Biodiversity Heritage Library • South African National Biodiversity Institute & Atlas of living Australia