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Dynamic integration of information and knowledge

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Natural history museums are centralized places for integrating knowledge in the life and earth sciences from around the world, in order to safeguard it, to actively maintain and update it, and to make it widely and freely accessible. This requires extensive information infrastructures, such as for evolutionary research; biodiversity dynamics, discovery and monitoring; ecological modelling; climate research; citizen science; and communicating with society at large. There is a need for virtual research platforms which combine semantic information, media and object reference databases, and relevant algorithmic and human/collaborative processes. As dynamic platforms, they aggregate information; allow ongoing critical quality assessment and dynamic knowledge management; and offer global access to society at large.