Biodiversity Atlas Sweden (BAS) is an e-infrastructure consortium designed to provide data and analysis services that offer rich opportunities for innovative, interdisciplinary research on biodiversity and ecosystems. BAS consists of seven consortium partners:
Additionally, BAS will during the coming three years (2018-2020) collaborate and eventually merge with the Swedish LifeWatch consortium (SLW). BAS and SLW will thus jointly plan the move of functionality from the current SLW infrastructure to the new platform. The existing SLW infrastructure will be supported and maintained until the new ALA-based platform is in place and fully operational.
The infrastructure is entirely based on open, international standards and open-source software that are widely used in the biodiversity informatics community for data, metadata and exchange protocols, in particular those developed and employed in collaboration with the widely acknowledged Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) platform and GBIF. This ensures robust and reliable operation of core systems and services of importance to the biodiversity and ecosystems research community, and it includes infrastructure for long-term storage, mobilization, analysis and visualization of biodiversity data. Due to these features and the number of tools provided, the ALA-system has become very popular. Only during the last two years several countries outside Australia has started national ALA-based portals, are about to, or are considering implementing the ALA-system, including Sweden.
The BioAtlas data portal is under development but a lot of functionality is already available. You can read more about the available functionality in our ‘How to use the BioAtlas’-guide. We are currently presenting data from Swedish natural history collections, biodiversity inventories and citizen science observation systems, but we further aim to broaden the evidence base of the portal to include systematic monitoring data, tracking data, molecular biodiversity data and data on microbial diversity (prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes, and microscopic fungi). Progress in these areas will open up exciting new possibilities for integrative analyses of biodiversity and ecosystem services nationally and internationally.
Biodiversity Atlas Sweden is led by the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, where the Director and Project coordinator are also located.
An agreement between the main financier, The Swedish Research Council, and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, as well as a consortium agreement between the partners, regulates the organization of the infrastructure. In addition to the consortium partners and the director, the organization consists of a Steering Committee, a National Coordination Group and a Scientific Advisory Committee.
The BAS consortium is governed by a Steering Committee responsible for overall strategic issues and financial planning and is further tasked with overviewing the development of Biodiversity Atlas Sweden and the ongoing merger with the Swedish LifeWatch consortium.The Steering Committee consists of Swedish and international representatives with extensive experience from research, research infrastructures, bio- and biodiversity informatics, and public management authorities.
The Steering Committee consists of:
The National Coordination Group has an advisory function and consists of representatives of all consortium partners. The coordination group meets at least twice a year to discuss the implementation of Biodiversity Atlas Sweden and jointly plan the activities.
An internationally composed scientific committee has the task of following up and advising on the parties’ cooperation with regard to scientific and international developments in the area. The Scientific Advisory Committee for Biodiversity Atlas Sweden is composed of researchers with extensive knowledge or interest in biodiversity informatics. The committee is appointed by the steering committee and meets at least once a year to review and advise on the scientific development of the consortium.
The Scientific Advisory Committee consists of: