Biological Collection Access Service for Europe (BioCASe)
http://www.biocase.org/whats_biocase/index.shtml
Core Data
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Address:
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, PO: 14195 (Germany)
Location
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, PO: 14195 (Germany)
Structure
Type Of RI
Virtual
Coordinating Country
Germany
Participating Countries
Denmark
Spain
Italy
Croatia
Turkey
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Greece
Norway
Germany
Austria
Luxembourg
Sweden
Finland
Belgium
Iceland
France
Portugal
Serbia
Slovenia
Netherlands
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 2006
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Biological Collection Access Service for Europe(BioCASe) is a suite of standards, software packages and data portals enabling online publication and discovery of primary biodiversity (occurrence) data. The term "BioCASe" is used simultaneously for both the products developed and the network based upon these products.On one side, it includes tools allowing data providers to publish data to networks such as BioCASe and others. On the other side, data portal software can be used for aggregating data from several providers and granting users access to this unified data pool. Main components are- the Access to Biological Collection Data schema (ABCD schema),- the BioCASe protocol defining rules for transmitting schema-defined XML data (such as ABCD) across network,- the BioCASe Provider Software as a tool for publishing data using XML schemas (such as ABCD) and the BioCASe protocol,- and data portal software that can be used to set up arbitrary network.Currently, the BioCASe Provider Software is used in over 100 installations in 25 countries worldwide, publishing an estimated 35 million occurrence records. Five taxonomically or geographically specialized data portals exists, allowing users to access data published with BioCASe or other data provision tools.

RI Keywords
Species occurrence data, Data portals, Observation data, Biological collection data, Online publication, Access to biological collection data, Data networks, Biodiversity data, Web services, Open-access, Natural history archives
Classifications
RI Category
Bio-informatics Facilities
Natural History Collections
Collections
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Databases
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Services
Primary biodiversity data access

Access to primary biodiversity information from heterogeneous, global sources.

Equipment
Servers

Server hard and software (Database servers, web servers).

Additional Data
Collaborations
Networks
Europeana
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)