Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library: BiCIKL


BiCIKL will initiate and build a new European starting community of key research infrastructures in biodiversity and life sciences, solidifying open science practices through provision of access to data, associated tools and services at (1) each separate stage of, and (2) along the entire research cycle. BiCIKL will provide for the first time seamless access, linking and usage tracking of data within a network of links between the different data classes, ultimately represented in the biodiversity knowledge graph: specimens → genetic sequences → species → analytics →publications → biodiversity knowledge graph → re-use. BiCIKL will also provide new methods and workflows for an integrated access to harvesting, liberating, linking, and re-using of sub-article-level data (specimens, material citations, samples, sequences, taxonomic names, taxonomic treatments, figures, tables) extracted from literature.


Launched: 1 May 2021
Ending: 30 April 2024
Geographical Scope: Europe
Partners (number): 14 in 9 Countries
Funded by: Horizon 2020


Why is the project is necessary?

The numbers in biodiversity data are overwhelming: 500M pages of literature published, billions of specimens in Natural History Collections, a growing body of genetic sequence information… and this is not including the massive amount of digital data that will be generated in the next years through digitisation!...


What kind of innovations will the project bring to the field?

The Biodiversity Knowledge Hub (BKH) will be the main product of BiCIKL. It will grant access to everything BICiKL has to offer, which is a lot! (see above). Naturalis leads BiCIKL Networking Pillar (NA), which will coordinate and optimise the integration and harmonised access between RIs and their respective data classes, as well as engage stakeholders, improve capacity through training, communicate and disseminate the project access tools and services. Naturalis also leads WP7 providing core access services and FAIR data on specimens and samples and leads a number of tasks in other WPs.