Following the guidelines and technical standards defined by LifeWatch, Sweden was the first country in Europe to begin constructing a national e-infrastructure for biodiversity data. The Swedish LifeWatch project initiated in 2010, has now successfully developed a national e-infrastructure for biodiversity data, providing almost 70 million data records of 35,000 species from fifteen national databases, together with a range of analytical tools and services for biodiversity and ecosystem research.
The infrastructure has a service oriented architecture, enabling access to major Swedish data providers from biodiversity and climate archives, observatories, as well as international databases.
The project is largely financed by the Swedish Research Council and builds upon a network of national data centres and user communities for biodiversity research, such as universities, institutes and museums, including the Swedish GBIF node.
The Analysis Portal for Biodiversity Data enables free access to biodiversity and environmental data and provides filtering based on taxonomical, ecological, temporal or spatial choice. Data can also be aggregated, analysed, visualized and downloaded according to the user's preferences. Implementing web services at all important primary databases means that data can easily be shown at or exported to other biodiversity initiatives, not the least LifeWatch ERIC and GBIF.
The Swedish LifeWatch infrastructure provides an important tool for researchers, conservation biologists and policy makers, for frontline research and a better understanding and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Swedish LifeWatch is a joint effort between six national parties: the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) including the Swedish GBIF node, University of Gothenburg, Lund University and Umeå University. The project is hosted by SLU and coordinated by the Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken). Funding is mainly provided by the Swedish Research Council.