Swedish LifeWatch is a national collaboration between universities and public authorities. The main goal is to provide a national e-infrastructure for biodiversity research, where distributed databases holding data on biodiversity and environment are connected through web services, using agreed standards and a common taxonomy. A coherent Analysis portal provides a single access point and a range of analytical services.
Swedish LifeWatch is a joint effort between four national parties: the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), University of Gothenburg and Umeå University. The project is hosted by SLU and coordinated by the Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken).
The objective of Swedish LifeWatch is to make major biodiversity databases in Sweden interoperable and accessible through standardized web services, and to develop an analysis portal providing a single access point and a range of analytical services. The idea is not to collect new data or to construct new databases, but rather to make existing data available in a uniform way. Swedish LifeWatch shall strive to provide easily accessible resources to Swedish research groups, achieved by user support, strategic communication, and education.
Swedish LifeWatch follows the technical guidelines outlined by the European LifeWatch project, an initiative under the auspices of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Sweden participated in the EU-funded preparatory phase for LifeWatch 2008-2011. LifeWatch is currently preparing an application to establish an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) and Swedish LifeWatch maintains a close collaboration with the European LifeWatch project and other related initiatives.