AMU Nature Collections - Digitalization and sharing of natural data resources of the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

At the core of the project's implementation is the scientific value of the natural collections collected at the Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University. For decades, the activities of FoB UAM (and earlier UAM structures conducting research and educators in the field of natural sciences) collected one of the largest in the country, and in some areas also in Europe, a collection of botanical, mycological and zoological specimens. These collections are of significance not only archival, but also have an invaluable scientific value, giving great potential for research and didactic work, as well as for use in cultural, socio-economic and legal contexts.

As a result of the project, a digital database on biodiversity will be created and made available to a wide range of stakeholders. Digitalization and access will be provided to the unique nature collections of the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, consisting of 54 collections of plants, fungi and animals, and 12 specialist and iconographic collections, yielding 2 million unique records, which in effect will become Poland's largest digital database presenting biotic diversity of many places in the world. There will also be infrastructure facilities for large-scale digitization.

The project's contribution to increasing the accessibility and improving the quality of public sector information (PSI), as well as increasing the possibility of their re-use within the database created in the project will be 2 million records constituting FoB UAM collections, which will thus become the largest database originating in Poland and over they will double Polish contribution to the development of knowledge about biodiversity. The IT system that will be created as part of the project, along with the modules built into its structure, will allow broad access to digitized data in the global biodiversity information network, thus giving access to them and the ability to analyze data to users from around the world.



PSNC role in project


PSNC will provide IT infrastructure that maintains a base consistent with international standards of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the largest open database in the world created as part of an international agreement. The PSNC infrastructure will enable greater flexibility, the ability to implement HA (high availability) and security, and the implementation of data storage, giving the possibility to increase reliability by additional backups of data from disk systems to tape.

In addition, PSNC will be responsible for the development of the database and metadata structures, design and implementation of the database, developing of tools for effective data entry, defining interfaces (APIs) allowing access to data to all interested entities, development and availability of end-user applications, IT infrastructure support the scope of data storage and processing as well as ensuring the system's continuity and security of data stored in it.

Scheduled start date: 2018-08-01
Scheduled finish date: 2021-07-31
Status: current

Marcin Lawenda
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61-139 Poznań, Polska
+48 61 858 2051