The Collections Thematic Centre


The Collections Thematic Centre aims to support the creation of the taxonomic backbone (taxonomic hierarchy, names, synonyms, etc.) of the LifeWatch-ITA infrastructure.

The Thematic Centre will contribute to the updating, standardisation and refinement of the data hosted by the infrastructure, making the already existing databases and sources interoperable and accessible through the portal. The Thematic Centre aims to increase and ensure online availability of biodiversity data from collections held by Natural History Museums, Research Institutes, National Parks and private collections.

Long-term goals

1. The Collections Thematic Centre will develop its activities in line with the National Biodiversity Network (NNB) of the Italian Ministry of the Environment (MATTM) and its components.

2. The Thematic Centre will coordinate its activities and efforts with the other Thematic Centres of the e–Biodiversity Research Institute in the development of the Italian Species Cadastre, contributing to the components dealing with systematics and nomenclature.

3. The Thematic Centre will focus on the screening and selection of the available high-quality digital sources containing georeferenced and chrono-georeferenced data, filling the gaps in terms of geographical coverage, taxonomic groups, time series, etc. It will also organise and select the taxonomic databases, giving priority to those with large geographic coverage (preferably worldwide: Global Species Databases – GSDs) and to those recognised as nomenclatural authorities (e.g. AlgaeBase).

4. The Thematic Centre will continue the updating, standardisation, refinement, maintenance and implementation of the data hosted by the LifeWatch-ITA infrastructure (including those pertaining to the Alien species showcase).