The BioPortal Toolkit is unique because it can make integrated data from both internal and external sources available.
Large quantities of biodiversity data exist worldwide. These data are diverse: they range from museum exhibits to observations, species information, multimedia, ecological data and research data such as DNA analyses. These data can be made available individually via websites. But if these data are jointly made available and linked to each other then a far more valuable source of information is produced that can be used, for example, to deduce insect-plant relationships.
Naturalis has therefore developed the BioPortal Toolkit. Museums like Naturalis, but also other organizations such as GBIF can offer an online portal in which biodiversity data are offered in a combined form that can be searched. Naturalis can help with the development of such a portal based on the toolkit or by hosting an off-the-shelf solution.
Several software solutions are available worldwide for such portals. However, the Bioportal is unique because it can make integrated data from both internal and external sources available. Consequently a web portal made using the BioPortal Toolkit can function as a search engine for biodiversity data. Both thematic and national biodiversity portals or combinations of the two can be produced.
The BioPortal toolkit is being used, for example, for the development of a Dutch Bioportal (prototype) and for bioportals in Tanzania and Uganda. A new version is currently under development based on a Drupal CMS and Elastic Search, so that an open source version of the BioPortal Toolkit can be offered, which is also even easier to use than the current version.