Natural History Archives and Information Network (NATARC)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Tartu
Vanemuise 46, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu, PO: 51014 (Estonia)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Being upgraded since 2008
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Natural History Archives and Information Network (NATARC) is a central infrastructure for natural history archives, consisting of storage facilities conforming to international standards, and necessary equipment required for the storage, research and recording of the collections in a database. Central to the project and participating centres is a public information system that utilizes most of the existing Estonian biodiversity information for conducting analyses. Among other things, it is indispensable for resolving issues in nature protection, for nature monitoring, discovering changes in ecosystems caused by climate change, and so on. In addition to a digital information system, it is also important to regularly preserve complete organisms or their DNA in the collections. They can be used for analysing temporal changes in ecosystems based on taxa, genes and chemical compounds.

RI Keywords
Biodiversity information, Natural history archives, Taxonomy, Systematic biology, Paleobiology, Data repository, Biological collections, Data networks
RI Category
Research Data Service Facilities
Natural History Collections
Data Mining and Analysis (Methodological) Centers, including statistical analysis
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Sample storage and preservation

Archiving and preserving taxonomical objects and samples in collection storage facilities (drawers on rails).

Database storage and data handling

Scientific databases for storing and handling of data.

Software development

Developing thin-client access portals.

High-resolution scanning and photography

Scanning of plants and entomology objects, up to 600 dpi resolution and max A1 page size.

Sample preparation and handling

Taxonomic collections preservation, processing and analysing service.

Cabinet storage system

System of cabinets and drawers on rails for storing collections and archives.

Disk array

Disk storage system for digital archives.

Scanner with workstation

Automatic scanner for herbal and entomological collections.

Additional Data
CETAF - Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)