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Fauna Europaea c/o Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Phone: +49 30 2093 70369
Fax: +49 30 2093 8323
Christoph Häuser, Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, GE
Wouter Los, University of Amsterdam, NL
Alessandro Minelli, University of Padova, IT
Thomas Pape, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK
Hendrik Segers, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, BE
Erik van Nieukerken, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, NL
Wieslaw Bogdanowicz, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, PL
Lyubomir Penev, Pensoft Publishers
Group coordinators, taxonomic specialists and associated specialists
Member institutes of the project are involved by providing taxonomic expertise and information and expert networks taking care about data collation. A selected small network of (67) group coordinators keeps contact with the large number of around 500 experts throughout Europe to capture data files on parts of the various taxonomic groups. Every taxonomic group is covered by at least one group coordinator. Group coordinators are responsible for the supervision and integrated input of both taxonomic and distributional data. The formal responsibility of collating and delivering the data of relevant families has resided with the Taxonomic Specialists.
Focal Point Network
Beside the Fauna Europaea (FaEu) network of assigned taxonomic experts (taxonomic specialists and associated specialists) also so called national “focal points” were involved in validating the FaEU data. The focal points consist of institutions or experts that maintain or host national checklists, or that can provide access to information about experts and literature resources in the country.
This focal point network was created during the first project phase of Fauna Europaea to cross-check Fauna Europaea data with national species lists or other local resources The focal points are not necessarily identical with GBIF national nodes. GBIF national nodes are facilitating the international sharing of biodiversity data. FaEu focal points are the institutes that bring together the expertise and taxonomic information about the national fauna (Fig. 1). The network of FaEu focal points also promotes issues such as best practice and common standards in checklist development.
The importance on developing contacts with national partner institutes was particularly relevant for Eastern Europe, because in the initial phase the institutional outreach of Fauna Europaea was rather oriented on Western Europe. An extended network of Focal Points was established and a detailed work program was launched on the sharing of meta-data on taxonomic resources and the validation of Fauna Europaea by crosschecking with help of local checklists and expertise.
In the course of the project, the Focal Points were extended as part of the PESI project. The Fauna Europaea Focal Points have been merged with the different components of PESI (Fig. 2), i.e. network of the European Register of Marine Species (ERMS), the Euro+Med PlantBase (E+M) and Index Fungorum (IF) which forms the socalled PESI Focal Point network (see below), using the PESI portal validation services for cross-validation.