SNSB IT Center

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Website: www.snsb.info

Head

Dr. Dagmar Triebel

Management of bio- and geodiversity data

The Information Technology Center of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns is the institutional repository for scientific data of the natural history collections and museums belonging to the SNSB. Its major tasks focus on the management of bio- and geodiversity data using different kinds of information technological structures. The facility guarantees a sustainable curation, storage, archiving and provision of such data.

The mission comprizes research activities in the field of biodiversity informatics and the implementation of generic information technology like easy-to-use working environments for handling scientific data. The software is mainly designed and set up following the concepts of the Diversity Workbench developer platform. DWB software tools are registered in bio.tools, a service of ELIXIR Europe.

The SNSB IT Center supports scientists and institutions by offering services to manage the whole data life cycle starting with data entry up to persistent storage and provision as well as delivery of approved and quality-controlled data to national and international portals. Most of the data is managed by DWB network and installations.

Partner for biodiversity informatics

Based on about 20 years IT experience the SNSB IT Center was established in 2006. It is associated to the Botanische Staatssammlung München using its administrative and logistic infrastructure as well as its scientific and curatorial experience.

The in-house technical staff is administrating a server cluster using LINUX and MS Windows platforms with around 60 TByte storage units. The back up systems and archives of the regional computing center Leibniz-Rechenzentrum München are essential part of the storage concepts.

The SNSB IT Center is participating on several national and international initiatives within the field of biodiversity informatics, e. g. acting as a GBIF data publisher and GFBio data center, running a BiNHum search portal for SNSB collections (prototype) and providing a number of services and products, e.g. in connection with the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI). It hosts data for universitary and non-universitary research partner organisations.

At the EU level the SNSB IT Center contributes significantly to the information science and technology concept development of the CETAF consortium, the design set up of the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) and its German part DiSSCo-D. DiSSCo is a priority project on the Roadmap 2018 of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and will provide unified access to European Natural Science Collections. The SNSB are chairing training activities of the EU COST Action CA17106 – Mobilising Data, Policies and Experts in Scientific Collections (MOBILISE).

The SNSB IT Center offers the direct assignment of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for research datasets published via GFBio services and data pipelines, using DataCite services.

Contact

SNSB IT Center
Botanische Staatssammlung München
Menzinger Straße 67
80638 München
Tel: 089 17861 252
Fax: 089 17861193
Emails: it-center@snsb.de

Numbers, data and facts

Diversity Workbench

 represents a virtual research environment for multiple scientific purposes with regard to management and analysis of life and environmental sciences data.

25 millionen

 identificable data records are managed in internal data networks

120

database installations are technically administrated by the SNSB IT Center

 

Diversity Workbench

350

 active user accounts

200

users within the SNSB

7 SNSB collections and museums

use DWB client software: state collections for botany, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, paleoanatomy as well as the Jura-Museum and the Museum Mensch und Natur

Global Biodiversity Information Facility – GBIF

more than

15 millionen indentificable data records

of life and environmental sciences data in GBIF.

The SNSB are

one of the largest data providers

in Germany.