University of Tartu
Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens
WHO WE ARE
The University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens was established in 1802. It is the oldest museum of Estonia which includes scientific collections from various fields such as botany, geology, mycology and zoology. One of the priorities of the museum is to participate in the co-operation network for developing the national biodiversity database in order to create an integrated portal (elurikkus.ut.ee) which links the museum’s collections to field studies and promotes Citizen Science. The museum also develops DNA-based fungal keys for microbial ecology (unite. ut.ee) and associated analytical tools. The museum’s key facilities including its scientific collections and exhibitions are under renovation until 2014.
WHAT OUR EXPERIENCE ISWHAT OUR EXPERIENCE IS
University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens is the lead partner in Estonian research infrastructure roadmap project NATARC – Natural History Archives and Information Network. During 2012– 2015 NATARC will create an integrated infrastructure which links natural history archives and digital biodiversity archives. Central Baltic INTERREG IVA project BALTICDIVERSITY – Towards Transboundary Access of Nature Observation Data is another project led by the museum. This project will develop a transboundary network of national databases for connecting nature observation data from major natural history museums and collections of Estonia, Finland and Sweden.
WHAT WE DO IN EU BON
Leading the WP1 Data sources: requirements, gap analysis and data mobilization.
Evaluation of biodiversity data sources
Mobilization of the molecular data sets of biodiversity
Exploring the potentials of citizen-science based
IN EU BON WE MAINLY CONTRIBUTE TO
WP 1 (Lead) Data sources: requirements, gap analysis and data mobilization
WP 2 Data integration and interoperability
WE ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN