A society aiming to make biodiversity data available for the benefit of science and environmental management.

The Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD) is a professional society of scientists, authors of biodiversity databases that are published on the internet, through collaborative initiatives such as Euro+Med Plantbase, FADA, Fauna Europaea, ERMS and WoRMS. Membership is free and open to all contributors to these initiatives.

SMEBD holds the copyright, intellectual property rights and, where appropriate, ownership of the contributing databases. It acts on behalf of its members to defend their interests, manage the databases and to provide a legal basis for their protection. It promotes the publication, dissemation and use of data and information, and development of new biodiversity data-related initiatives and projects.

The Society itself is governed by a Council elected by its members. The council appoints committees  that manage the data generated by SMEBD’s activities and selects the host institutes or publishers of the databases.


SMEBD wishes to acknowledge funding from the European Commission through the EU FP7 research infrastructure project PESI: Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure.


Call for nominations for the WoRMS Steering Committee
Added on: 2014-01-15 14:03:46 by Vendepitte, Leen
During the Steering Committee meeting of December 2012, it was decided that each year, a number of Steering Committee positions would be opened for new nominations. This provides both stability and a certain rotation in the membership. ... [Read more]
New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS
Added on: 2013-06-19 16:06:47 by Vandepitte, Leen
Following the nominations and elections earlier this year for a number of positions within the Steering Committee (SC), the new WoRMS SC, with a newly elected chair and vice-chair is in place.
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SMEBD Annual General and Council Meeting, 20 June 2013, Ostend
Added on: 2013-05-08 15:09:06 by Vandepitte, Leen
The 2013 SMEBD Council and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 20 June, at the Flanders Marine Institute (Ostend, Belgium). ... [Read more]
New data manager for WoRMS: Leen Vandepitte
Added on: 2012-06-15 13:51:31 by Mees, Jan
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has appointed Leen Vandepitte as the new data manager for WoRMS.
Leen is a biologist with a lot of experience in biological data management. In the VLIZ data centre, she is also responsable for the management of EurOBIS. Wim Decock (biologist) and Bart Vanhoorne (IT specialist) will of course continue to serve in the data management team for WoRMS. [Read more]
SMEBD Annual General and Council Meeting, 8 June 2012, Brussels
Added on: 2012-04-16 11:35:18 by Appeltans, Ward
This time, the annual meeting will be held in Brussels on 8 June. The programme and a call for nominations to the council will be provided soon. Contact Hendrik Segers for more info.

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