Name of the organization/project in the original language: 
Artsdatabanken
Name of the organization/project in English: 
Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC)
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Other
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NBIC is a centre for dissemination of biodiversity knowledge
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The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) was established by a parliamentary resolution and became operational in 2005. The goal of NBIC is to serve as a national source of information on species and ecosystems in Norway, and to make up-to-date information on biodiversity widely available and easily accessible to the society. NBIC focuses on knowledge, both by increasing the level of knowledge, and making it available. Our role as a National source for biodiversity knowledge requires a comprehensive interaction with the scientific community, and close cooperation with policymakers, managers and other data users. NBIC’s main tasks are to provide: Risk assessments for species and ecosystems, digital tools and services for knowledge on biodiversity, and new knowledge on species and ecosystems in Norway. NBIC has developed a wide range of services and products. The most essential are: * The Norwegian Red Lists – NBIC is in charge of producing both red lists of species and ecosystems in Norway. These risk assessments are periodically revised and provide an important tool for decision makers. * Alien species – NBIC provides a national risk assessment on alien species in Norway. This includes a list of alien species that poses the most severe threats to Norwegian biodiversity. This assessment is also periodically revised. * Species Map Service – Map access to records of species occurrences in Norway. * Species Observations System – A Citizen science project for recording species on maps into a national and freely accessible database. * Internet services for species – Information services on species include taxonomy, identification keys, ecological data etc. * Ecosystem diversity in Norway - A national typification and description system for ecosystems, habitats and ecological variation for all Norwegian environments. Available on web (in Norwegian only). * New knowledge on species in Norway – The Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative started in 2009 and focuses on new knowledge of poorly known species groups in Norway.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre runs a service called the Species Observations System (https://artsobservasjoner.no/) which is a citizen science/crowdsourcing project where the public can report species they have observed from all species groups. The reporters consist mostly of amateurs, but also nature conservation officials, researchers and others who collate species observation data. The system has more than 10.000 registered users and we are close to reaching 20 million reports. The system was established in 2008 and have thus existed for 10 years in 2018. We are cooperating closely with NGOs (such as Birdlife International Norway) in gaining more quality reports and further developing the system. The reports are shared with the Species Map Service, which presents records of species occurrences in Norway gained from all scientific organisations in Norway such as university museums, universities and research institutes. The reports from the Species Observation System account for more than 67 % of the species occurrences in the Species map Service. The occurrences are used freely by researchers, national and regional administrative authorities, as well as NGOs for environmental management planning and implementation. Many of the observations are quality checked by validators in order to confirm the species identification, place and time of observation. Validation is especially focused on redlisted species, alien species and other species of governmental concern.
Name of Citizen Science Project: 
Species Observations System
Project URL: 
https://artsobservasjoner.no/
Brief description of project: 
The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre runs a service called the Species Observations System (https://artsobservasjoner.no/) which is a citizen science/crowdsourcing project where the public can report species they have observed from all species groups. The reporters consist mostly of amateurs, but also nature conservation officials, researchers and others who collate species observation data. The system has more than 10.000 registered users and we are close to reaching 20 million reports. The system was established in 2008 and have thus existed for 10 years in 2018. We are cooperating closely with NGOs (such as Birdlife International Norway) in gaining more quality reports and further developing the system. The reports are shared with the Species Map Service, which presents records of species occurrences in Norway gained from all scientific organizations in Norway such as university museums, universities and research institutes. The reports from the Species Observation System account for more than 67 % of the species occurrences in the Species map Service. The occurrences are used freely by researchers, national and regional administrative authorities, as well as NGOs for environmental management planning and implementation. Many of the observations are quality checked by validators in order to confirm the species identification, place and time of observation. Validation is especially focused on redlisted species, alien species and other species of governmental concern.
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Animal
Biodiversity
Fungi
ICT
Plant
Taxonomy
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National