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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)
  • 2012-2015: LifeWatch (www.lifewatch.be) - See [activities]
  • 2014-2016: Aquatic Species Register Exchange and Services (AquaRES)

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:

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.