[Taxacom] BioCASE Portal to GBIF Data Launched

Zippel, Elke e.zippel at BGBM.ORG
Wed Mar 12 06:14:36 CDT 2008

BioCASE Portal to GBIF Data Launched - March 12, 2008


Dear colleagues,


CETAF (the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities), in conjunction GBIF and the EU-SYNTHESYS project, announces the launch of the BioCASE Portal (Biological Collection Access Service Europe): search.biocase.org. 

The BioCASE portal uses basic web services constructed by GBIF in addition to some specialized ones. It is complementary to the GBIF portal in that it provides more detailed information about specimen and observation data in the GBIF network, especially when these are based on the rich ABCD standard. 

The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) will support further development with the aim to integrate the BioCASE portal into the EDIT Internet Platform for Cybertaxonomy. This is to provide an interface for taxonomic researchers, who need to access more detailed data than do many other users of the GBIF portal.

This BioCASE portal demonstrates the modular and distributed nature of the GBIF infrastructure, which allows regional networks such as BioCASE to both contribute to and build upon the global efforts in biodiversity informatics led by GBIF.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is a worldwide network that makes biodiversity data from many sources openly available via the Internet. It does this by building an information infrastructure that interconnects hundreds of databases, and by promoting the digitisation of data that are not currently available via the Internet, such as those associated with specimens in natural history museums.  For more information, see www.GBIF.org.

GBIF appreciates the efforts of the BioCASE partners in developing this specialised portal, and encourages other interest groups to build additional access points to the GBIF data that specialise in their areas of interest.



BioCASE access to European biodiversity [query expansion using Fauna Europaea and Euro+Med taxonomic datasets]: http://search.biocase.org/


BioCASE access to German botanical data [GBIF-D Botany node, query expansion using German taxonomic "standard" lists]: http://search.biocase.de/



The BioCASE portal development has been supported by the European Commission (Projects BioCASE and SYNTHESYS). The initial setup of the German GBIF Portal was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). GBIF is supported by a consortium of countries, which are listed at http://www.gbif.org/GBIF_org/participation.



Yours sincerely


Elke Zippel



Dr. Elke Zippel

SYNTHESYS-Projekt http://www.synthesys.info/

Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

Freie Universität Berlin

Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8

D - 14195 Berlin, Germany

e.zippel at bgbm.org


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