The LifeWatch Greece Research Infrastructure was funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT) under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) (ESFRI, MIS 384676) and coordinated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) – Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC). A total of 47 Research Institutes and Academic Departments participate as associated partners.
The overall objective of LifeWatch Greece is to develop and fulfil the vision for the Greek LifeWatch RI and to establish it as the biodiversity Centre of Excellence for South-eastern Europe, contributing with specific services to the European LifeWatch and other international users.
Following the successful construction and implementation of LifeWatch Greece RI, a series of services and virtual laboratories (vLabs) have been released in the LifeWatch Greece portal, such as the Data Services, the RvLab, the Medobis vLab and the MicroCT vLab.
In addition, a LifeWatch Greece Special Collection was published in the Biodiversity Data Journal, describing the development of the relevant electronic infrastructure and the software applications, a series of taxonomic checklists compiled under the Greek Taxon Information System, as well as a section of data papers presenting historical and original datasets of environmental and biodiversity data.
The multidisciplinary approach of LifeWatchGreece aims to support the potential needs regarding the mobilisation, analysis and sharing of biodiversity datasets, not only for the scientific community, but also for the broader domain of biodiversity management.
LifeWatch Greece continues as an RI to to contribute to LifeWatch ERIC and to participate to its multiple events. It also contributes to a few more, such as CMBR, ELIXIR_GR, BioImaging_GR.