Objectives Products Project structure



Ensure seamless discoverability of data through globally unique identifiers exposed to individual and federated search engines, including artificial intelligence, from each participating infrastructure and across data domains.


Harmonise the existing standards, metadata, policies and technologies to develop new ones (where necessary), in order to provide and ingest FAIR data, thereby ensuring standard-aligned interlinking.  


Provide, facilitate, support and scale up open access to FAIR interlinked data, liberated from literature, natural history collections, sequence archives and taxonomic nomenclators in both human-readable and machine-actionable formats.  


Optimise the reusability and reproducibility of complex datasets, assembled together from different biodiversity-related domains and their supporting infrastructures, for the generation of novel research hypotheses and new knowledge.



Research tools

Interlinked corpora of knowledge, tools and services used by research groups in biodiversity science and related areas.

Interlinked knowledge

A vibrant community equipped with novel research tools for search and access to interlinked data across domains.

Text and data mining workflows

Automated text and data mining workflows for extraction, XML and RDF conversion, semantic enrichment , management, dissemination, and re-use of high quality data linked to legacy literature.

FAIR Data Place (FDP)

A central tool for search, discovery and management of interlinked FAIR data across different domains.

Semantic publishing

Semantics-based authoring tool to be integrated via JATS XML and API within journal production workflows, thereby benefiting the field of biodiversity, but also remaining available for adoption by other communities.

Biodiversity Knowledge Hub (BKH)

A central, one-stop portal, providing access to the BiCIKL services, tools and workflows, beyond the lifetime of the project.


Project structure

Networking Activities Pillar

The Networking Activities (NA) pillar coordinates and optimises the integration and harmonised access between RIs and their respective data classes, and also engages stakeholders, improves capacity through training, communicates and disseminates the project access tools and services. The NA pillar is led by Partner 2: Naturalis and will consist of Work packages 1-3.

NA Pillar leader

Dimitris Koureas

Dimitris Koureas

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Trans-national and Virtual Access Pillar

The Transnational & Virtual Access (TA/VA) will test, promote and provide the BiCIKL linked data services and tools, while encouraging their use by researchers through open call projects. The pillar will be led by Partner 5b: ELIXIR Hub and comprises Work packages 4 and 5.

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TA/VA Pillar leader

Physilia Chua

Physilia Chua

United Kingdom

Joint Research Activities Pillar

The Joint Research Activities (JRA) will technically implement the requirements set by the Networking Activities pillar for (i) sharing, (ii) linking and (iii) providing FAIR data between the participating Research Infrastructures and to researchers. The provision of access to FAIR data will operate at each participating infrastructure and through a central discovery mechanism, the Fair Data Place (FDP). JRA consists of work packages 6-8, 10 and 11.

JRA Pillar leader

Quentin Groom

Quentin Groom

Meise Botanic Garden

Works packages

Coordination and interoperability of infrastructures through harmonisation of community policies, standards and guidelines
Providing core access services and FAIR data on specimens and samples
Defining and co-designing the Biodiversity Knowledge Hub (BKH) and operational training
A data foundation for connected molecular, natural history collections and taxonomic data
Implementation, stakeholder engagement and outreach for the Biodiversity Knowledge Hub
Ethics requirements
Trans-national access to biodiversity infrastructure and services
Delivering a trusted and evolving taxonomic framework for data integration
Virtual Access to biodiversity infrastructure and services
FAIR Data Place: linking, finding and access
Liberation of data from literature, next-generation semantic publishing and delivery of FAIR data
Project management