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Besides disseminating knowledge about biodiversity, Naturalis also wants to share ICT knowledge and act as a catalyst and facilitator for ICT developments in the context of biodiversity.

Naturalis therefore makes its ICT facilities and data available for activities such as hackathons.

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event at which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week.

For example, recently Soraya Sierra and Rutger Vos from the Research sector organized a Data Enrichment Hackathon for the pro-iBiosphere project, where programmers from throughout Europe worked alongside scientific programmers from Naturalis.

In collaboration with the SP2000 secretariat the next Europe-wide Hackathon has been planned. This time the aim is to generate national species checklists from the Catalogue of Life and GBIF data.