Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Swedish LifeWatch – a research infrastructure for biodiversity data
Oskar Kindvall, Anna Maria Wremp

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-30 02:45 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


The Swedish LifeWatch project was initiated in 2010 and is now close to complete its first construction phase. Following the guidelines and technical standards defined by LifeWatch, Sweden was the first country in Europe to begin constructing a national e-infrastructure for biodiversity data.

The main objective of Swedish LifeWatch is to make the major national biodiversity databases interoperable, and thereby accessible through standardized web services. The infrastructure is based on systems architecture standardisation, enabling access to data providers from biodiversity and climate archives, observatories, as well as international databases. Implementing web services at all important primary databases means that data can easily be shown at or exported to other biodiversity initiatives, not the least LifeWatch and GBIF.

SLW integrates and publishes databases already containing >44 million species observations of  >25 000 species from citizen science, research, monitoring, inventories, and museum collections, in easily accessible formats. The portal also provides access to a large range of environmental data, through web map services, which can be directly used in analyses and models.

All data within the infrastructure are easily accessible through one single access point: The Analysis portal. The portal enables free access to biodiversity and environmental data and will also offer a range of analytical and visualisation services. The Analysis portal provides a flexible and dynamic tool for researchers, conservation biologists and policy makers, for frontline research and a better understanding and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The project is largely financed by the Swedish Research Council and builds upon a network of national data centres and user communities for biodiversity research, such as universities, institutes and museums, including the Swedish GBIF node and the Swedish Species Observation System.