How to fund WoRMS
All WoRMS content is open-access and available at no charge.
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 fundingThe following European Commission projects financially contributed to WoRMS:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
Supporting WoRMS via the VLIZ philanthropy programme
VLIZ, through its philanthropy programme, is supporting marine projects locally and worldwide in order to pursue its mission: sustainable management of the ocean resources and passing them on to future generations.
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