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How to fund WoRMS

All WoRMS content is open-access and available at no charge.

WoRMS maintenance and development relies on financial contributions, the time contributed by its editorial board, and support of its host institution: VLIZ.

Supporting WoRMS via our contributing databases

WoRMS is composed of a series of databases, some of which can be sponsored directly (e.g. AlgaeBase, Fishbase, … see full list in the about page). WoRMS encourages sponsorship of these databases because they also benefit the WoRMS user community.

Supporting WoRMS via project funding

The following European Commission projects financially contributed to WoRMS:
  • 2004-2009: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF)
  • 2009-2011: Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure (PESI)
  • 2010-2012: European Marine Observation and Data NETwork (EMODNet)
  • 2010-2012: Distributed Dynamic Diversity Databases for Life (4D4Life)
  • 2012-2014: LifeWatch (www.lifewatch.be)

Please consider partnering with WoRMS in projects that require access services to taxonomic information, IT tools and/or as a means to network with the marine taxonomic expert community. Contact info@marinespecies.org.

Supporting WoRMS via service grants

Financial support for WoRMS has enabled us to fill some pertinent gaps, such as in those groups where no global species list existed (e.g. ostracods, some parasitic groups, molluscs, ...) or to enhance the quality control (molluscs, birds, …). Funding is used to pay for data entry personnel, coordination and taxonomic expert staff time, travel to key meetings, and has been coordinated through the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Natural History Museum, (London), Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris) and the University of Auckland.

Our taxonomic editors contribute significantly to the databases through their own time. Collectively we have estimated this to be worth several million Euros.

Examples of such funding include:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (via Census of Marine Life, Memorial University, Canada)
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) (Canada)
  • Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN)(UK)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CORONA project (USA)

Please consider sponsoring our taxonomic experts, especially if you have specific requests or needs, or have a local species list that needs validation. Contact info@marinespecies.org.

Supporting the Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD)

Our taxonomic editors contribute significantly to the databases through their own time, both in provision of content, coordination of activities, and preparation of proposals for funding. These include the present editorial board and past contributors. Collectively this has been worth several million Euros. SMEBD is a scientific society that represents the editors through the WoRMS Steering Committee. It was established to manage the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of scientists’ contributions of biodiversity databases. All people who contribute expert content to WoRMS are entitled to be life-members of SMEBD. SMEBD thus licenses the use of WoRMS. For example, SMEBD represents the editors of WoRMS to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

SMEBD is legally incorporated in Ireland and subject to stringent annual audit requirements covering both issues of finance and good governance. Unlike most older scientific societies, SMEBD has no independent source of funding, such as, from sales of publications or membership fees. Users of our databases are invited to support SMEBD, either through providing a financial contribution or including the development of the databases in grant applications. Donations to SMEBD help us to pay for annual audits and administration costs, and support the work of taxonomic editors.
We thank the following WoRMS and ERMS users who have contributed financially, including:

  • Musee Cantonal de Zoologie (Switzerland)
  • Universite Pierre & Marie Curie (France)
  • School of Computer Science & Statistics, Lloyds Institute, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)
  • Academia Sinica, Biodiversity Research Centre (Taiwan)
  • Future of Marine Animal Program, Dept of Biological Sciences, Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Laboratory (New Zealand)
  • National Environment Research Institute, Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (USA)

For more information see the SMEBD website.