BalticDiversity: Towards transboundary access of nature observation data.

About the project

The project will develop a transboundary network of national data bases for connecting nature observation data from the major natural history museums and collections of Estonia, Finland and Sweden, for promoting the use of these data in decision-making in nature conservation, research and education, as well as by the general public interested in nature.

Interactive online information service with species lists and species distribution plots over the Central Baltic Sea region will be made available for the public.





News and events

  • Assessing Citizen Science involvement in biological research
    University of Tartu Natural History Museum is conducting a survey to explore citizen science in biological research, defining citizen science as involvement of volunteers in research (data collecting, crowdsourcing, data management, digitization, fieldwork etc). The survey results will be used for exploring citizen science based approaches for mobilizing and generating biodiversity data. Completing the questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes or less.

    Link to the survey https://www.ut.ee/survey/index.php?sid=75792&lang=en
    This survey is conducted for the project EU BON - Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network, which is funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement № 308454.

    Contact: Veljo Runnel veljo.runnel@ut.ee University of Tartu Natural History Museum Estonia


  • - First version of the taxon pages is opened at naturforskaren.se
  • - November 11-12, 2013: BALTICDIVERSITY final meeting and Conference in Tallinn. Presentations.
  • - May 18, 2013: Fascination of Plants Day at Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu and Kumpula Botanic Garden, Helsinki. More information
  • - March 21-22, 2013: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting and outreach event in Tartu.
  • - November 8-10, 2012: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting and outreach events in Stockholm.
  • - March 14-16, 2012: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting in Helsinki.
  • - December 7, 2011: BALTICDIVERSITY kick-off meeting in Tallinn.



Naturforskaren

Naturforskaren, which means naturalist in Swedish, is a new web service with information on animals and nature. The Naturforskaren is part of Central Baltic INTERREG IVA project BALTICDIVERSITY.

Texts and images in naturforskaren are made by collection curators, amateur biologists and our own researchers at Swedish Museum of Natural History.

The text are free for anyone to use, when stating the author. The images and sounds are sometimes limited to uses that are non-comercial. The license that is used is called Creative Commons.



Publications

  • Prous, M., Puura, I. 2012. Higher taxa of the Animal Kingdom. Eesti Loodus, 1, 8-15. [in Estonian]
  • Puura, I. 2011. Biodiversity digital archives today. Eesti Loodus, 8, 12-16. [in Estonian]


Photo galleries of the events

  • March 21-22, 2013: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting and outreach event in Tartu. View
  • November 8-10, 2012: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting and outreach events in Stockholm. View
  • March 14-16, 2012: BALTICDIVERSITY meeting in Helsinki. View
  • December 7, 2011: BALTICDIVERSITY kick-off meeting in Tallinn. View


Contact

Urmas Kõljalg, BALTICDIVERSITY, project manager

University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens

urmas.koljalg@ut.ee, +37253412823