SBDI works together with several other national research infrastructures to ensure we provide the best possible services to the Swedish research community. Our Swedish collaborators also include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders outside the SBDI consortium interested in our services.
The Swedish Research Council supports several national research infrastructures, with which SBDI collaborates. Molecular biodiversity data will become increasingly important over the coming years. The molecular biodiversity data group within SBDI works together with the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI Sweden) and Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), where the sequence data is typically generated. The goal is to ensure that environmental samples are documented appropriately, and that the data and metadata are shared conveniently and effectively with the biodiversity and ecosystems research community. SBDI also works with the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS) in developing the pipelines needed to process the data, and push it to relevant repositories for sequence data.
The Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science (SITES) organizes a network of Swedish terrestrial and limnological field stations. SBDI works with SITES to ensure that data generated at the field stations are published and shared with the biodiversity and ecosystems research community through SBDI. Work is also under way to share metadata on biodiversity datasets with Swedish National Data Service, an infrastructure that supports accessibility, preservation, and reuse of research data. The goal is to make it easy to find, use, and cite research data from a variety of scientific disciplines.
SBDI is also discussing a collaboration with the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) in providing access to SBDI data and tools. In collaboration with SNIC, SBDI may also be able to offer more convenient access to high-performance computing resources for demanding biodiversity and ecosystem analyses using SBDI tools and data.
The primary focus of SBDI is on providing state-of-the-art infrastructure to the research community. However, a number of government agencies also have an interest in the data and tools provided by SBDI. At the national level, these include the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Havs- och Vattenmyndigheten; HaV), the Swedish Forest Agency (Skogsstyrelsen), and the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket). The Swedish County Administrative Boards (Länsstyrelserna) also have nature conservation units with an interest in SBDI data and tools. Within the SBDI consortium, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has a special responsibility of catering to these stakeholders, and a long tradition of doing so. Currently, the needs of these stakeholders are covered through separate systems to a large extent but it is a long-term goal to exploit synergies with the SBDI platform where possible. The Swedish Meteorological Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is one of the SBDI consortium partners; they are responsible for several monitoring programs and research projects collecting marine biodiversity and environmental data.
New collaborations are always welcome. If your organization is not listed here, and there are joint interests we should explore, do not hesitate to contact us! Just fill out the support form, explaining your proposed collaboration, and we will go from there.