About the Project

The project´s objective is to exemplarily develop a specification for an annotation data repository for networked and highly complex biodiversity data. AnnoSys is based on a prototype developed in the context of SYNTHESYS and uses the Open Annotation Data Model and an RDF-database for storing the information. AnnoSys is implemented using the example of collection and observation data in the botanic domain provided by the GBIF/BioCASE system (currently over 50.8 million records, including 15 million records from natural history collection objects). Analogical to the traditional, written annotation of natural history collection objects, e.g. concerning their taxonomic identity, a procedure is established for data available via the internet. Using the example of natural history collection data in the framework of GBIF-Germany the project develops solutions for several cross-domaine and domaine-specific problems and implements them in a pilot system. The issues include:

  • categorisation of annotations
  • access rights, rights of personality and rights of attribution of annotating scientists
  • quality check
  • reference and linking of annotations
  • conception of a user-friendly system that encourages annotations
  • feedback to the distributed data providers
  • the potential use of the system in ongoing research projects for filtering of useable data from the overall system
  • in general, the integration of data access on annotation data in the overall system of BioCASE and GBIF-Germany

 
AnnoSys is a three-year project from the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, funded by the LIS-Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The original project title is “Internationalisierung und Realisierung des disziplin- und standardübergreifenden Anwendungspotentials des Online Annotationssystems - AnnoSys” (project number BE 2283/4-2).

The first project phase was a three-year project from the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, funded by the LIS-Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The original project title was “Ein generisches Annotationssystem für Biodiversitätsdaten” (project number BE 2283/4-1).