Advancing the Biodiversity Exploratories Information System (BExIS)

Title: Advancing the Biodiversity Exploratories Information System (BExIS)
Authors: Roman Gerlach, David Blaa, Javad Chamanara, Martin Hohmuth, Andreas Ostrowski, Michael Owonibi, Eleonora Petzold, Sven Thiel, Birgitta König-Ries
Source: BioSyst.EU 2013 Global systematics!
Place: Vienna, Austria
Date: 2013-02-01
Type: Demo

The Biodiversity Exploratories Information System (BExIS) is a virtual environment for interdisciplinary, collaborative research. Starting in 2006 the system has been developed as a long-term data repository, resource management and information exchange platform for the Biodiversity Exploratories project. Currently, the Exploratories comprise around 40 sub-projects and more than 300 users from disciplines ranging from soil science to remote sensing and from genetics to landscape ecology. The system supports this diversity by allowing flexible, user-defined data structures for primary data. BExIS is accessed through a web interface containing functionality for data storage and management (upload, download, update of primary data; creating and publishing metadata, fieldbook) and for viewing and processing data (e.g.merging data, statistics). Based on additional funding by the German Science Foundation (DFG), BExIS is currently being redesigned and reengineered to become a generic biodiversity repository software (BExIS++) that is modular, scalable and adaptable to other use cases. During this 3 year process existing features are being enhanced (, authorization, geospatial data support, visualization) and new feature are added (e.g.Lucene search engine with faceted search interface, mobile client support). The BExIS++ system builds on Microsoft .NET technology and will be provided under a creative commons licence.