The main objective of Swedish LifeWatch is to make major Swedish biodiversity databases interoperable and thereby accessible through standardized web services. A coherent Analysis portal will provide a single access point and a range of analytical and visualisation services. Other major components include a taxonomic backbone and a user administration system. The infrastructure will be freely available to anyone, but researchers and conservation biologists are considered the main target groups.
The construction phase was initiated in 2011 and will be completed in 2014. The infrastructure we will be gradually operational from late 2013. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council (SRC).
The Swedish LifeWatch project is organised as a consortium consisting of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) including the Swedish GBIF node, The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), University of Gothenburg, Umeå University, and Lund University. The consortium is coordinated by the Swedish Species Information Centre at SLU.