The project seeks to set up an open source system for distributed digital access to Belgian natural history collections. The development of a new architecture for data sharing and access became necessary after the recent ratification of the Nagoya Protocol by the EU members and its implementation, as well as the impact of other European protocols related to access to public data (INSPIRE, Open Data, Open Science) making interoperability between different data sources necessary.

The three collection partners of the proposal, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, coordinator), Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) and Botanical Garden of Meise (BGM), will thus develop a new interoperable database system and portal for Belgian natural history collections based on the current structure being used at RBINS and RMCA in which modules from different natural science disciplines are interconnected.


  • Date: March 2018