PESI - a taxonomic backbone for Europe

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  • Sep, 2015

de Jong, Y., Kouwenberg, J., Boumans, L., Hussey, C., Hyam, R., Nicolson, N., Kirk, P., Paton, A., Michel, E., Guiry, M., Boegh, P., Pedersen, H., Enghoff, H., von Raab-Straube, E., Güntsch, A., Geoffroy, M., Müller, A., Kohlbecker, A., Berendsohn, W., Appeltans, W., Arvanitidis, C., Vanhoorne, B., Declerck, J., Vandepitte, L., Hernandez, F., Nash, R., Costello, M., Ouvrard, D., Bezard-Falgas, P., Bourgoin, T., Wetzel, F., Glöckler, F., Korb, G., Ring, C., Hagedorn, G., Häuser, C., Aktaç, N., Asan, A., Ardelean, A., Borges, P.A.V., Dhora, D., Khachatryan, H., Malicky, M., Ibrahimov, S., Tuzikov, A., De Wever, A., Moncheva, S., Spassov, N., Chobot, K., Popov, A., Boršić, I., Sfenthourakis, S., Kõljalg, U., Uotila, P., Olivier, G., Dauvin, J., Tarkhnishvili, D., Chaladze, G., Tuerkay, M., Legakis, A., Peregovits, L., Gudmundsson, G., Ólafsson, E., Lysaght, L., Galil, B., Raimondo, F., Domina, G., Stoch, F., Minelli, A., Spungis, V., Budrys, E., Olenin, S., Turpel A., Walisch T., Krpach V., Gambin M., Ungureanu, L., Karaman, G., Kleukers, R., Stur, E., Aagaard, K., Valland, N., Moen, T., Bogdanowicz, W., Tykarski, P., Węsławski, J., Kędra, M., M. de Frias Martins, A., Abreu, A., Silva, R., Medvedev, S., Ryss, A., Šimić, S., Marhold, K., Stloukal, E., Tome, D., Ramos, M., Valdés, B., Pina, F., Kullander, S., Telenius, A., Gonseth, Y., Tschudin, P., Sergeyeva, O., Vladymyrov, V., Rizun, V., Raper, C., Lear, D., Stoev, P., Penev, L., Rubio, A., Backeljau, T., Saarenmaa, H. & Ulenberg, S (2015) PESI - a taxonomic backbone for Europe. Biodiversity Data Journal,  3, e5848.


Reliable taxonomy underpins communication in all of biology, not least nature conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem resources. The flexibility of taxonomic interpretations, however, presents a serious challenge for end-users of taxonomic concepts. Users need standardised and continuously harmonised taxonomic reference systems, as well as highquality and complete taxonomic data sets, but these are generally lacking for nonspecialists. The solution is in dynamic, expertly curated web-based taxonomic tools. The Pan-European Species-directories Infrastructure (PESI) worked to solve this key issue by providing a taxonomic e-infrastructure for Europe. It strengthened the relevant social (expertise) and information (standards, data and technical) capacities of five major community networks on taxonomic indexing in Europe, which is essential for proper biodiversity assessment and monitoring activities. The key objectives of PESI were: 1) standardisation in taxonomic reference systems, 2) enhancement of the quality and completeness of taxonomic data sets and 3) creation of integrated access to taxonomic information.

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This paper describes the results of PESI and its future prospects, including the involvement in major European biodiversity informatics initiatives and programs. Download Publication


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