ViBRANT: Supporting biodiversity research communities

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e-Infrastructures for data publishing in biodiversity science In Zookeys, Edited by Vince Smith and Lyubomir Penev. Sofia: Pensoft, 2011.

Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy (ViBRANT) was a European Union FP7 funded project starting in December 2010 and completed in November 2013.

ViBRANT supported the development of virtual research communities involved in biodiversity science. Our goal was to provide a more integrated and effective framework for those managing biodiversity data on the Web.

ViBRANT paved the way towards more interoperable systems and integrated services in biodiversity research. We are already looking into preparing a successor project to support data, processes and communities towards the long term vision of predictive modeling of the biosphere.   


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ViBRANT provided: 

  • A virtual research environment (Scratchpads) where users can safely store, share and manage their research information.
  • Analytical services for users to build identification keys and phylogenetic trees.
  • A publication platform for users to automatically compile biodiversity science manuscripts from their research database.
  • A portal for users to centrally access publicly accessible biodiversity research information and literature.
  • Training, helping research communities to use these tools and services.
  • A standards compliant technical architecture that can be sustained by biodiversity research community.



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