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PAL: In BioVeL, refers to a lead person on each science area.

PESI: Pan-European Species Directories Infrastructure

Phylogenetics: The study of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms

Phylogenomics: Evolutionary reconstruction using data from whole genomes

Policy: Representation of a constraint or condition on the use, deployment or description of a resource. (Derived from SOA-RM, 2006)

Population modelling: In BioVeL, metapopulation dynamics can be modelled by linking the Niche Modelling with the Population Modelling services. With the Niche Model, a map is made of patches with potentially suitable habitat for a species. The habitat suitability of these patches can then be parameterised by setting specific transition matrix models for each patch, or by linking environmental conditions (=map parameters) to demographic vital rates (survival, growth and reproduction) and then converting these vital rates into a matrix model or integral projection model. If different maps that reflect future habitat conditions can be produced, e.g. as a result of different climate change scenarios, then the consequences of these scenarios for the survival or expansion of a species can be projected with the model. If dispersal across the landscape appears to hinder the migration process of a species in response to climate change, then the model can be used to investigate strategies for mitigation (such as assisted migration). If, on the other hand, dispersal is too easy, e.g. in case of an invasive species, model simulations can show where management (like total eradication of colonizing populations) is most effective to stop or slow down the invasion process. The range of possible modelling scenarios is endless.

Primary Biodiversity Data: Digital text or multimedia data record detailing facts about the instance of occurrence of an organism, i.e. on the what, where, when, how and by whom of the occurrence and the recording.

Protocol: (On computer sciences) is the set of rules and regulations determining how data is transmitted in distributed systems.

Provenance: Used within scientific research refers to annotation on data that allow reproducibility of experiments and the proper citation of data sources and data manipulation methods.




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.”

Read all about the project and its results in the Project Final Report or read the Executive Summary only.