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OpenUp!: Opening up the Natural History Heritage for Europeana

European natural history collections manage and give access to over 1.5 bn objects from the world’s biodiversity heritage, covering most of the species described worldwide. These are reference objects for all the common and famous species in the world, incl. those of high economic importance and even those that have already gone extinct. Many have great cultural value as they were collected during historic expeditions and scientific endeavours by well known epochal explorers or scientists like Darwin, Linnaeus, Humboldt, or Stanley. EUROPEANA will make these treasures for the first time available to the general public, in addition to providing scientists and policy makers with a substantial information source needed in the understanding and protection of global biodiversity. Although being clearly within the scope of EUROPEANA as part of the scientific and cultural heritage, multimedia objects from the natural history domain are still dramatically underrepresented. This project aims at closing this gap. It will initially make available over 1 M high quality images, movies, animal sound files, and natural history artwork from 23 institutions in 12 European countries. Access will be based on the established technical infrastructure of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Once the pathway from museums and GBIF to Europeana has been created, it will provide a steadily stream of additional objects that have entered the network. The project will address the following objectives: • Mapping between Community and EUROPEANA data standards • Adding data providers for multimedia content • Enrichment of metadata towards compliance with EUROPEANA standards • Incorporation of multilingual metadata, in particular common names of organisms • A single access point to distributed natural history multimedia content for EUROPEANA • A sustainability plan for network maintenance • Development of a consistent copyright strategy for participating data providers

Contact information

SCHRÖDER Heike
Koenigin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin
GERMANY
Tel. +49 30 83850179
Fax. +49 30 83850186

Participants

Coordinator: FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN, GERMANY

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN GERMANY
NATURHISTORISCHES MUSEUM AUSTRIA
Land Oberösterreich AUSTRIA
AIT ANGEWANDTE INFORMATIONSTECHNIKFORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH AUSTRIA
NATIONALE PLANTENTUIN VAN BELGIE BELGIUM
MUSEE ROYAL DE L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE BELGIUM
INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE BELGIUM
NARODNI MUZEUM-NATIONAL MUSEUM NM CZECH REPUBLIC
Københavns Universitet DENMARK
Global Biodiversity Information Facility DENMARK
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO FINLAND
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE FRANCE
ZOOLOGISCHES FORSCHUNGSMUSEUM ALEXANDER KOENIG GERMANY
MUSEUM FUR NATURKUNDE - LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR EVOLUTIONS- UND BIODIVERSITATSFORSCHUNG AN DER HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN GERMANY
SOCIETY FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC BIODIVERSITY DATA LIMITED IRELAND
TARTU ULIKOOL REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA
BOTANICKY USTAV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED SLOVAK REPUBLIC
STICHTING NEDERLANDS CENTRUM VOOR BIODIVERSITEIT NATURALIS THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING EXPERTISECENTRUM VOOR TAXONOMISCHE IDENTIFICATIES THE NETHERLANDS
Species 2000 UNITED KINGDOM
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW UNITED KINGDOM
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH UNITED KINGDOM
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 09/08/2012

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