Contribute to SMEBD

The Society for the Management of Electronic biodiversity Data (SMEBD) coordinates the maintenance and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of several taxonomic databases on behalf of their contributing scientists who are members of SMEBD. The current databases are the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (all marine species), Euro+Med plantbase (flowering plants in Europe), Fauna Europaea (land and freshwater animals in Europe), and the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) (all freshwater species).  SMEBD signs Memoranda of Understanding with other organisations such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF), the Smithsonian Institution (on behalf of Encyclopedia of Life) and Species2000 (on behalf of Catalogue of Life) and is partner in several EU projects (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy EDIT, Pan-European Species Infrastructure PESI and OpenUp!: Opening up the Natural History Heritage for Europeana).

All the databases are open-access and provided at no cost to users. Institutions and individuals may request complete copies of a database to assist their research and/or biological data management using this form. The time and resources provided by the scientific editors of the databases, and database’s host institutions, enable this open-access policy.

SMEBD is legally incorporated in Ireland and subject to stringent annual audit requirements covering both issues of finance and good governance. However, to date SMEBD has had no independent source of funding, such as, from sales of publications or membership fees. Users of our databases are invited to support SMEBD, either through providing a financial contribution or including the development of the databases in grant applications. Donations to SMEBD help us to pay for annual audits and administration costs, and support the work of taxonomic editors.

We gratefully acknowledge donations (2010-2013) from the following organisations:

  • Musee Cantonal de Zoologie (Switzerland)
  • Universite Pierre & Marie Curie (France)
  • School of Computer Science & Statistics, Lloyds Institute, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)
  • Academia Sinica, Biodiversity Research Centre (Taiwan)
  • Future of Marine Animal Program, Dept of Biological Sciences, Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Laboratory (New Zealand)
  • National Environment Research Institute, Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (USA)

In addition, the Society is open to participate in projects. Contact us.