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Biodivers Data J. 2013 Sep 16;(1):e968. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e968. eCollection 2013.

The BioCASe Monitor Service - A tool for monitoring progress and quality of data provision through distributed data networks.

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Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, Germany.
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.


The BioCASe Monitor Service (BMS) is a web-based tool for coordinators of distributed data networks that provide information to web-portals and data aggregators via the BioCASe Provider Software. Building on common standards and protocols, it has three main purposes: (1) monitoring provider's progress in data provision, (2) facilitating checks of data mappings with a focus on the structure, plausibility and completeness, and (3) verifying compliance of provided data for transformation into other target schemas. Herein two use cases, GBIF-D and OpenUp!, are presented in which the BMS is being applied for monitoring the progress in data provision and performing quality checks on the ABCD (Access to Biological Collection Data) schema mapping. However, the BMS can potentially be used with any conceptual data schema and protocols for querying web services. Through flexible configuration options it is highly adaptable to specific requirements and needs. Thus, the BMS can be easily implemented into coordination workflows and reporting duties within other distributed data network projects.


Access to Biological Collection Data (ABCD) schema; BioCASe Provider Software; Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF); Mapping Checker; OpenUp!; biodiversity informatics

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