| Project/ Database of the Month – March 2012

PESI - A Pan-European species-directories infrastructure

PESI provides standardised and authoritative taxonomic information by integrating and securing Europe's taxonomically authoritative species name registers and nomenclators (name databases) that underpin the management of biodiversity in Europe.

Project overview

Project Acronym: PESI
Project Reference: 223806
Start Date: 2008-05-01
End Date: 2011-04-30
Total cost: EUR 4 057 628
EU contribution: EUR 2 640 000
Contract type: Coordination and support actions
Project Status: Completed

Project website: http://www.eu-nomen.eu/pesi/

PESI Data Portal: http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/

Project description

PESI provides standardised and authoritative taxonomic information by integrating and securing Europe's taxonomically authoritative species name registers and nomenclators (name databases) that underpin the management of biodiversity in Europe.

PESI defines and coordinates strategies to enhance the quality and reliability of European biodiversity information by integrating the infrastructural components of four major community networks on taxonomic indexing into a joint work programme. This will result in functional knowledge networks of taxonomic experts and regional focal points, which will collaborate on the establishment of standardised and authoritative taxonomic (meta-) data. In addition PESI will coordinate the integration and synchronisation of the European taxonomic information systems into a joint e-infrastructure and the set up of a common user-interface disseminating the pan-European checklists and associated user-services results.

The organisation of national and regional focal point networks as projected not only assures the efficient access to local expertise, but is also important for the synergistic promotion of taxonomic standards throughout Europe, for instance to liaison with national governmental bodies on the implementation of European biodiversity legislations. In addition PESI will start with the geographic expansion of the European expertise networks to eventually cover the entire Palaearctic biogeographic region.

PESI supports international efforts on the development of a 'Global Names Architecture' by building a common intelligent name-matching device in consultation with the principal initiatives (GBIF, TDWG, EoL, SpeciesBase). PESI contributes the development of a unified cross-reference system and provides of high quality taxonomic standards. PESI will further involve the Europe-based nomenclatural services and link the planned joint European taxonomic e-infrastructures middle-layer to the global e-gateway.

Further information

presentation kindly provided by PESI project

Presentation PESI Infrastructural Components (PDF ca. 400 KB)

Contacts

Project Coordinator:
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
SPUI 21 Postbus 19268
1012WX   AMSTERDAM - NETHERLANDS
Dr Yde de Jong
Phone: +31-(0)20-525 71 91
Fax: +31-(0)20-525 77 80
Email: Y.S.D.M.deJong@uva.nl; http://www.yjong.net/
Dr. Juliana Kouwenberg
Phone: +31-(0)20-525 77 82 Email: kouwenberg@uva.nl

Ukranian Partner:
A.O. KOVALEVSKIY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS Headquarters
2 Nakhimov av., 99011 Sevastopol, Crimea 99011 - Ukraina
Dr Vladymyrov, Vladimir
Phone: +38-(0)503-25 10 35
Fax: +38-(0)692-55 78 13
Email: v.vladymyrov@ibss.org.ua; v.vladymyrov@gmail.com