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Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)






TheSenckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) conducts research in bio- and geosciences within six research institutes and three natural history museums in Germany. The mission of the SGN is to make science and scientific findings accessible to the public through teaching, publishing, museums and special exhibitions in Frankfurt, Dresden, Görlitz and Tübingen. Senckenberg's research activity is divided into four large research fields: Biodiversity and Systematics, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Climate & Biodiversity and Earth System Dynamics.

With more than 38.5 million objects/items in actual about 130 collections the SGN has one of the largest scientific collections in Germany. The objects involve a herbarium, zoological, anthropological, paleontological and mineralogical collections plus a DNA Bank. SGN is part of the Leibniz association.

GFBio Data Center

It is administrated by the SGN IT Department as part of the SGN. It is setting up and using SeSam as its central data management system. SeSam as described in the GFBio context is the core database for managing collection and observation data. SGN has also developed a new data management system called AQUiLA Biodiversity information. AQUiLA combines a database, a graphical user interface plus a search engine and is a web-based, high performing and GIS compatible data management tool. The SGN IT Department is also in close collaboration with the data center department of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F).



Data Domains

SGN has various interests in different data domains, including: Collection data, molecular data, observational data, environmental data, series of measurements and trait data.

Scientific data curation services (incl. taxonomic services)

The taxonomic expertise and interest is that of the SGN with its research departments.

Special expertise in various groups of invertebrates GBIF Node Invertebrates III (Crustaceae, Porifera, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Tunicata and Bryozoa)

Some exemplary research projects CAME, SUN, CeDAMar, SAW, SKT, SDS, PaGE, KEMA, Long Term Studies of the North Sea Fauna, see also: Major research projects

Participating in international cooperation projects such as BIOTA, FONA, and Edaphobase, EnvEurope or EU BON and also involved in the international LTER network (Long-Term Ecosystem Research).

The SGN has a special interest in data on specimens curated at the SGN.

The SGN has a special interest in data on research projects with scientists of the SGN involved.


IT services

Data submission and accession

  • SeSam Collection Management System (SeSam)
  • Data hosting and import for Partner institutions
  • Senckenberg provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) to support data archiving and access to research data.
  • Senckenberg hosts a data repository for earth, environmental and ecological research data (

Data integration and management

Data backup and archiving

  • SGN has implemented an effective backup and archiving workflow

Data publication

User services

Helpdesk and Workshops on demand