BioVeL's and other biodiversity Web services are published, curated, and shared through the BiodiversityCatalogue. This catalogue is capable of supporting registration, discovery, curation, and monitoring of REST and SOAP Web services. All are open-access but some may have usage restrictions to avoid excessive use of computing resources.
BiodiversityCatalogue's experts oversee the curation process to make sure that the descriptions entered into the Catalogue are of high quality and that the services are properly annotated. This curation process eases the discovery of services by end-users and scientists.
BiodiversityCatalogue supports service 'badging' in terms of quality of service descriptions and annotations, with 4 different maturity levels supported. In this way, users can distinguish services that are poorly described from those with higher quality descriptions and annotations. This also encourages service providers to invest more time and effort in annotating their services and improving their documentation.
BiodiversityCatalogue has an automated framework for service availability monitoring. Monitoring is performed on a daily basis. Service providers and curators are notified of potential availability problems when these are detected. The statistics collected over time are compiled into service reliability reports to give end-users some indication of longer term reliability of services and to help them choose the most reliable services for their scientific workflows and applications.
As of end of January 2015, BiodiversityCatalogue registered 59 services (some of which have multiple endpoints) from 44 service providers and has 107 contributing members.
19 February 2015
At the final review of the project by the EC, one of the reviewers said: “Incredible work done with a community that is not unified. Remarkable work. It opens for new development in a near future. Hope for success. Good project. Happy that you have been financed three plus years ago.”Tweets by @bioveleu