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Biological Collection Access Service for Europe (BioCASe)
Date of Last update : 2018.01.18 Rivision Request
Hosting Legal Entity
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Type Of RI
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, PO: 14195 (Germany), Germany(52.458324432373, 13.3048334121704)
Coordinating Country
Life Cycle Status
Operational since 2006
Mission and objective
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
Biodiversity data,Species occurrence data,Biological collection data,Observation data,Data portals,Web services,Online publication,Data networks,Open-access,Access to biological collection data,Natural history archives
RI Category
Bio-informatics Facilities;Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres;Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections;Collections;Natural History Collections;Databases;Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences;Information Science and Technology;Earth and Environmental Sciences
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- Servers

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


- Primary biodiversity data access

Access to primary biodiversity information from heterogeneous, global sources.