The European Union has funded a new two year project to lay the groundwork for a biodiversity knowledge management system.  Pro-iBiosphere will address interoperability issues, identify data gaps, and plan an efficient system to manage biodiversity information.

The pilot project will focus on data at partner institutions.  The initiative will consider how to make the information more widely accessible by linking data to external datasets.  Consortium partners include the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, the Royal Botanical Garden Kew in the United Kingdom, the National Botanic Garden Belgium, and the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem in Germany.

More information is available at http://www.pro-ibiosphere.eu/.