Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig)

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The Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig) is a Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity that carries out species-related biodiversity research and ensures the transfer of knowledge to researchers and the general public.

Core stocks are the zoological collections of more than 5 million specimens. The research focusses on performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth.

The results of research and the collections are made accessible to the public with permanent and temporary exhibitions and using other methods for public education.

Service Description

GFBio Data Center

The Biodiversity Informatics section at ZFMK administrates and manages the Biodiversity Data Center together with the ZFMK IT Section.
The section provides dataflows (e.g. Publication of Type 1 Data), tools and services for ZFMK's research collections that have a focus on the terrestrial fauna with a worldwide coverage.

One of the collections is the Biobank that offers a specialized storage facility for the long-term storage of Tissue and DNA samples and is connected to the DNA Bank Network ( www.dnabank-network.org).

All data are stored in the collection management framework Diversity Workbench ( diversityworkbench.net) including field- and collection data, as well as sequence and trace data from the German Barcode of Life project ( www.bolgermany.de).

The Morphological Description and Multimedia Database MorphDBase ( www.morphdbase.de/) is developed in the section and housed at ZFMK and is used for storing, archiving and dissemination of scientific multimedia content.

Data are published using the ABCD standard and the BioCASe Provider Software ( www.biocase.org).

Scientific data curation services (incl. taxonomic services)

The taxonomic expertise and interest is that of the ZFMK.

The Foundation Zoological Research Museum is part of the Leibniz Foundation. The ZFMK unites genomic research with modern taxonomic and scientific collection based research.

The collections mirror the taxonomic interest. see Collections.

Special expertise in various groups of terrestrical animalia exists. It is a precondition to successfully serve the GBIF-D Node Vertebrates.

Located at the ZFMK is Morph·D·Base - The Morphological Description Database. Morph·D·Base is a database driven online platform for scientists for sharing their data privately and with the public. It allows the long-term storage of various kinds of media (e.g., images. 3d-stacks of images. movies, etc.). Morph·D·Base functions as an archive and publication plattform for media from various research projects (e.g. the German Barcode of Life Project and the Freshwater Identification for Europe, FREDIE) as well as the collections within the ZFMK.

Data domains

Our first preference is to manage data of the collection domain. Apart from this we are specialised to manage, store and archive observation/ monitoring data.

IT services

Data submission and accession

  • Mapping services for DiversityCollection Import

Data integration and management

  • Diversity Workbench Metadata data bases and repositories; remote data management by researchers possible, see: Diversity Workbench Client Software.
  • Morph·D·Base multimedia data repository.

Data backup and archiving

  • All workflows established include backup and archiving.

Data publication

User services