Work Packages


WP1 Management and coordination (NATURALIS)
This work package provides the financial, consortium and project management. The proposal is submitted and co-ordinated by Naturalis.  This work package will carry out:
  • Result-oriented, efficient management of the project;
  • Effective project internal communications;
  • Quality control of results and deliverables;
  • Transparent financial management and control; and,
  • Timely communication with the European Commission.
Task 1.1 Administrative and financial management
Task 1.2 Quality management, assessment and reporting 
Task 1.3 Internal Communication
Task 1.4 Consortium and review meetings
WP2 European and international policy coordination (NBGB)
WP2 will lay the foundation for the overall concept of the Open Knowledge Management System that this coordination aims at. It will liaise between all consortium members and collaborating external partners. These include the key biodiversity infrastructure developers, knowledge creators, science publishers and information users. The latter include a wide range of interests including ecology, environmental and earth sciences, nature conservation, and citizen science, from both the developed and the developing regions. The objectives of WP2 are, to:
  • Consolidate and update the knowledge on the status of biodiversity informatics resources for taxonomic literature and report on their current user base;
  • Identify potential users of a new e-taxonomy infrastructure;
  • Identify potential barriers for users presently expressing reluctance to use an open and shared e-taxonomy;
  • Collect and analyze the requirements of taxonomic data providers and user;
  • Learn about impediments of the existing infrastructure and workflow elements by providing exemplar training with focus groups;
  • Identify common goals and reciprocal synergies that may induce a wide spectrum of organizations to collaborate and collaboratively develop policies that enable such collaboration.
  • Communicate user feedback to technical coordination work packages and existing infrastructures;
  • Mobilize international expertise;
  • Identify gaps in the current e-taxonomy infrastructure, reporting on future requirements; and,
  • Review the legal aspects of access to and sharing of taxonomy information towards an Open Knowledge Management System.
Task 2.1 Coordination and routes for cooperation across organizations, projects and e-infrastructures
Task 2.2 Stakeholder requirements
Task 2.3 Facilitate acquisition of core biodiversity data using state-of-the-art tools
Task 2.4 Legal issues of data acquisition, curation and dissemination
WP3 Scientific content and workflow coordination (FUB-BGBM)
The purpose of WP3 is to contribute to the establishment of new and standardized editorial policies for the curation and publication of biodiversity data in an e-environment, including editorial policies, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management, and involvement of citizen scientists in data enhancement, use and re-use. The objectives of WP3 are:
  • Review and analyze the existing methods for data acquisition, curation and semantic integration.
  • Review current methods for semantic mark up and their use.
  • Facilitate crowdsourcing/auth-sourcing studies with data curators.
  • Align ongoing and forthcoming efforts to semantic mark up biodiversity literature and provide technical and social solutions for their use.
  • Attract potential new users to biodiversity informatics infrastructures by emphasizing potential improvements in current work flows and collect user feedback during these events.
Task 3.1 Data acquisition and curation
Task 3.2 Semantic mark-up generation, data quality, and user-participation infrastructure
Task 3.3 Semantic integration of biodiversity literature
WP4 Technical and infrastructure coordination (PENSOFT)
The purpose of WP4 is to facilitate joint studies and actions that will promote and enhance cooperation for a future technical and semantic interoperability between biodiversity platforms, including the promotion, monitoring the development and adoption of common mark-up standards. WP4 will exchange information and reach agreements that will facilitate the exchange of biodiversity-specific information (localities, treatments, keys, names, and references). The objectives of WP4 are:
  • Identify and develop strategies for increased cooperation among current and previously funded EU biodiversity related projects, and with non-EU projects;
  • Identify and develop strategies to improve current taxonomic treatment servers and increase cooperation and coordination between the current existing electronic registers for species information;
  • Identify current needs and promote future interoperability at technical and semantic level, through improvement and interoperability of the existing mark-up XML schemas and standards.
Task 4.1 Improve technical cooperation and interoperability at the e-infrastructure level
Task 4.2 Promote and monitor the development and adoption of common mark-up standards and interoperability between schemas
WP5 Dissemination, communication and public awareness (SIGMA)
The purpose of WP5 is to actively disseminate the results through various outreach activities, create stakeholder engagement and intense communication towards/with them; which will lead to increased public awareness.
Through the various activities that are planned in WP5 (Dissemination, communication and public awareness), Pro-iBiosphere will spread its project excellence and strive to reach all those stakeholders that are interested in the project but that were not able to join the envisaged meetings and workshops. The activities to be developed through this work package are:
  • Development of the project image, documentation and web platform
  • Dissemination of the project results through outreach activities
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication
Task 5.1 Development of the project image, documentation and external communication web platform
Task 5.2 Dissemination of the project results through outreach activities
Task 5.3 Stakeholder engagement and communication
WP6 Sustainability planning (RBGK)
The purpose of WP6 is to evaluate possible business models for supporting Open Science in view of achieving financial sustainability. A sustainability plan will take into account the needs of the Pro-iBiosphere community and best practices for other domains.
The main outcomes of WP6 will be i) an evaluation of alternative business plans and recommendations for options to strengthen Open Science e-infrastructures (M23), and ii) recommendations to policy makers with regard achieving sustainable delivery of biodiversity information to target audiences (M24). The objectives of WP6 are to:
  • Ascertain the costs of supplying services;
  • Ascertain the benefits of these services a) users or clients and b) suppliers;
  • Identify business models in use within and without our community; and,
  • Evaluate these models and do a SWOT arriving at i) conclusions about feasibility and ii) recommendations as to model (or models) to follow.
Task 6.1 Measuring and Constraining the costs of delivering services
Task 6.2 Identifying and measuring the benefits of delivering services
Task 6.3 Evaluating business models currently in use by partners
Task 6.4 Towards Sustainability for Services



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312848