Natural History in Europeana - Accessing Scientific Collection Objects via LOD

  • Jörg HoletschekEmail author
  • Gisela Baumann
  • Gerda Koch
  • Walter G. Berendsohn
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 672)


Millions of specimens housed in collections of natural history institutions document our planet’s biodiversity over centuries and represent both an indispensable knowledge base for today’s biological research as well as a cultural heritage. Digitization efforts of the past years have produced a substantial amount of digital assets: high-resolution images, videos, sound files, 3D imagery and 3D models. The OpenUp! Natural History Aggregator draws together these virtual representations of specimens from a multitude of institutions and feeds them into Europeana, the cross-domain portal for Europe’s digitized cultural heritage. Enriching their metadata with data drawn from additional resources such as common names, taxonomic literature and geographic terms helps to increase discoverability und usability. The assignment of stable uniform resource locators and the application of standard vocabularies, existing ontologies and frameworks like RDF allow effective linking of web resources from different knowledge domains, thus creating linked open data.


ABCD BioCASe XML GBIF DarwinCore IPT B-HIT Natural history collections Specimens Open data OpenUp! Europeana EDM Linked Open Data LOD Semantic web RDF Aggregator Primary biodiversity data 



Funding for the OpenUp! Natural History Aggregator was provided by the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP, grant agreement 270890) and the Connecting Europe Facility, Telecommunications sector (CEF-TC, grant agreements CEF-TC-2014-2-01 and CEF-TC-2015-1-01) of the European Commission. The development of the BioCASe Provider Software and the BioCASe protocol has been funded under grant number EVR1-2001-00003.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Holetschek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gisela Baumann
    • 1
  • Gerda Koch
    • 2
  • Walter G. Berendsohn
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-DahlemBerlinGermany
  2. 2.AIT Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbHGrazAustria

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