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Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013) Research infrastructures projets 4D4Life4D4LifeSummary: A coherent classification and species checklist of the world’s plants, animals, fungi and microbes is fundamental for accessing information about biodiversity. The existing Catalogue of Life has started to provide the world with a unique taxonomic service: a dynamically updated global index of validated scientific names, synonyms Project acronym: 4D4Lifeand common names integrated within a single taxonomic hierarchy for all species of Project n°: RI-238988organisms. The 4D4Life Project will enhance the existing programme to build a state-Project type: CP-CSAof-the-art Catalogue of Life e-infrastructure that provides a classification framework Start date: 01/05/2009and species checklist for use as both taxonomic backbone and species index across Duration: 36 monthsglobal, regional and national biodiversity programmes and communities.Total budget: 3 688 571 €Funding from the EC: 3 300 000 €Objectives: The principal objectives are:Total funded effort in person-month: 553 PeM• to synthesise a significantly improved global resource, the Catalogue of Life,Web site: www.4D4Life.eu • to facilitate enhanced information exchange within the Species 2000 networks Contact person:that feed into the Catalogue, Frank Bisby• to extend the reach of these networks to inputs and to public services through email: f.a..bisby@rdg.ac.ukregional centres across the world, tel.

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Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013)
Research infrastructures projets
European Commission
Information Society and Media
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Project acronym:
4D4Life
Project n°:
RI-238988
Project type:
CP-CSA
Start date:
01/05/2009
Duration:
36 months
Total budget:
3 688 571 €
Funding from the EC:
3 300 000 €
Total funded effort in person-month:
553 PeM
Web site:
www.4D4Life.eu
Contact person:
Frank Bisby
email: f.a..bisby@rdg.ac.uk
tel.: +44-118-378-6466
fax.: +344-118-378-6577
Project participants:
UR
UK
BGCI
UK
MNHN
FR
NARODNI
CZ
ETI
NL
CU
UK
NNM
NL
SP2000
UK
VLIZ
BE
MfN Berlin
DE
NHM
UK
CABI
UK
RBGK
UK
UNIVIE
AT
UU
NL
NUI Galway
IE
IFM-GEOMAR
DE
DKFZ
DE
BSM
DE
MIZ-PAS
PL
Land OOE
AT
NMGW
UK
IRD
FR
CSIC
ES
TSJ BVBA
BE
SNSB, Munich
DE
UNIPD
IT
UVA
NL
RBINS
BE
Oxford Univ
UK
WU
NL
RBGE
UK
UCPH
DK
ITZN
UK
CAS
CN
CRIA
BR
NMNH
US
CSIRO
AU
Landcare Res.
NZ
Keywords:
Catalogue of Life, Distributed System,
Web Services, Taxonomic Hierarchy,
Species Checklist, Species 2000 Programme,
Biodiversity.
Collaboration with other EC-funded
projects:
EDIT
PESI
BHL-Europe
LifeWatch
DistributedDynamicDiversityDatabasesforLife-RI
Summary:
Acoherent classification and species checklist of the world’s plants, animals,
fungi and microbes is fundamental for accessing information about biodiversity. The
existing
Catalogue of Life
has started to provide the world with a unique taxonomic
service: a dynamically updated global index of validated scientific names, synonyms
and common names integrated within a single taxonomic hierarchy for all species of
organisms. The 4D4Life Project will enhance the existing programme to build a state-
of-the-art
Catalogue of Life
e-infrastructure that provides a classification framework
and species checklist for use as both taxonomic backbone and species index across
global, regional and national biodiversity programmes and communities.
Objectives:
The principal objectives are:
to synthesise a significantly improved global resource, the
Catalogue of Life
,
to facilitate enhanced information exchange within the Species 2000 networks
that feed into the
Catalogue
,
to extend the reach of these networks to inputs and to public services through
regional centres across the world,
to disseminate this synthesised knowledge in a new array of modern web-services
and products developed in partnership with identified user communities,
to renew the distributed system with improved software and an enhanced
service-based architecture,
to implement a business model that will take this e-infrastructure to a sustainable
future.
Action plan:
Three
Networking Work packages
will enhance information exchange among the
Users, GSD Network and the Global Multi-hub Network; contribute to improved
data supply and content in the
Catalogue of Life
; and initiate an array of new public
services.
A further two
Services Work packages
will incorporate these improvements and new
services into the enhanced production and service provision process of the Catalogue
of Life.
Finally one
Joint ResearchWork package
will create a new service-basedArchitecture
that will provide the multi-layered ecosystem of data supply services to take the
programme into a sustainable future.
Networking activities:
In its Networking Activities 4D4Life will strengthen the
development of the array of presently 66 Global Species Databases that provide the
core of the service, and extend the geographical reach of the programme beyond Europe
by designing and prototyping a Multi-Hub Network capable of integrating data from
China, New Zealand, Australia, N. America and Brazil.