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The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone (TB) facilitates the standardisation of species data and the (virtual) integration of the many distributed biodiversity data repositories and operating facilities.

The TB (virtually) brings together different component databases and data systems, dealing with 5 major components:

  • Taxonomy: regional, national, European, global and thematic species registers
  • Biogeography: databases dealing with species occurrences
  • Ecology: species-specific traits
  • Genetics
  • Literature: links to available literature and tools to intelligently search this literature

The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone is the driving force behind the species information services of the Belgian e-Lab.