Funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office, ANTABIF will construct a dedicated Antarctic biodiversity data portal giving access to a distributed network of contributing database, according to the principles of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. It will build a new data discovery tool using two complementary networks and will expand these by linking with other potential data resources.
It will integrate SCAR-MarBIN (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research - Marine Biodiversity Information Network), with the biodiversity databases managed by the Australian Antarctic Division. Whereas the former focuses on marine data, the latter consists of numerous linked datasets, mostly on terrestrial biodiversity related to the SCAR EBA (Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica) programme. In the future, ANTABIF is intended to become the data management tool and repository for the biodiversity-related research conducted at the Princess Elisabeth Station.
ANTABIF will use the best available technology to integrate, share and disseminate all available information on Antarctic Biodiversity. Its implementation by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform ascertains that ANTABIF can take advantage of the relevant experience of the Belgian GBIF node.
ANTABIF is steered by an International Steering Committee composed of selected experts in the field of Polar biodiversity.
Brief description: Free and open access to Antarctic biodiversity data