Workshop on Biodiversity Catalogue

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The evolving biodiversity informatics infrastructures being assembled around the world are still fragmented, operate with little coordination, and Web Service layers are often poorly and inconsistently documented. A global registry of biodiversity-related services will help potential users to discover and understand service functions, interfaces, and behaviour; and will foster the growth of service-based applications and workflows. the 7th Framework project BioVeL has implemented the Biodiversity Catalogue to meet this need. pro-iBiosphere has made recommendations for enhancements that will secure the registry at the heart of a future Biodiversity Knowledge Management System (OBKMS).

The workshop introduced the basic concepts and features of the Biodiversity Catalogue. More detailed functions have been explained during a live demonstration of registration of services that have been created during the Naturalis "data enrichment hackathon" in March 2014. The workshop also discussed the prospects of the Biodiversity Catalogue as a global registry for biodiversity-related Web Services as well as mechanisms for content curation.

Background material


Welcome (Anton Güntsch)
Introduction to the Biodiversity Catalogue (Niall Beard)
Live registration of services (Cherian Mathew)
Discussion: towards a global documentation infrastructure for biodiversity-related web services (All)

  • Your questions?
  • Do we need a global registry for Biodiversity-related services? Incentives for service providers?
  • Do we need to synchronise with similiar registries in other (relevant) domains? How can this be achieved?
  • How can we maintan the content? Completness? Quality? Updating?
  • How can we promote the catalogue?


  1. Anton Güntsch - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
  2. Cherian Mathew - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
  3. Chuck Miller - Missouri Botanical Garden
  4. David Patterson - Global names project
  5. Patricia Mergen - Royal Museum for Central Africa
  6. Aaike De Wever - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  7. Marc Reynders - Botanic Garden Meise
  8. Kevin Richards - Landcare Research
  9. Jerôme Degreef - Botanic Garden Meise
  10. Ross Mounce - University of Bath
  11. Terry Catapano - Plazi
  12. Siti Munirah binti Mat Yunoh - Forest Research Institute Malaysia/ Kew Botanic Garden London
  13. Aleksandra Nenadic - University of Manchester
  14. Niall Beard - University of Manchester
  15. Michel Chauvet - UMR AMAP
  16. Donat Agosti - Plazi
  17. Guido Sautter - Plazi
  18. Soraya Sierra - Naturalis
  19. Jonathan Giddy - Cardiff University
  20. Quentin Groom - Botanic Garden Meise
  21. Claus Weiland - Senckenberg Nature Research Institute
  22. Nicolas Noé - Belgian Biodiversity Platform
  23. Rob Guralnick - University of Colorado (VerNet project)
  24. Henry Engledow - Botanic Garden Meise
  25. Karol Marhold - Institute of Botany, Bratislava
  26. Bart Aelterman - Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
  27. Anne-Sophie Archambeau - National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
  28. Paul-Andre Duchesne - Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
  29. Walter Berendsohn - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
  30. Natacha Beau - Botanic Garden Meise
  31. Bourgoin Thierry - National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
  32. Anna Hajdu - Sustainable Amsterdam
  33. Ann Bogaerts - Botanic Garden Meise
  34. Sabrina Eckert - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
  35. Andreas Müller - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
  36. Wouter Addink - SP2000 Secretariat
  37. Ana Casino - Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)
  38. Robert Hoehndorf - Aberystwyth University
  39. Petra De Block - Botanic Garden Meise
  40. Alex Hardisty - Cardiff University
  41. Sylvia Mota de Oliveira - Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  42. Christian Köhler - ZFMK Bonn
  43. Peter Hovenkamp - Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  44. Christina Flann - Species 2000
  45. Régine Vignes - National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
  46. Barbara Herrero Cangas - Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)
  47. Claudia C. Soliz Gamboa - Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  48. Eduard Jacob - International Federation of Library Associations
  49. Daniel Mietchen - Museum für Naturkunde (MfN)