Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download Data?

You can download your search results by clicking the Download on top of the search results table.
A CSV (UTF-8 encoded) Text file is generated and downloaded to your computer.
This file can then be opened by/imported into your favorite spreadsheet software.
Please refers to your spreasheet reference manual if it does not automatically open/convert the file.

May I re-use the downloaded Data?

Data Usage Agreement

  1. The BiodivERsA database (content and website), whatever its informatics structure and host site, is own by the BiodivERsA consortium.
  2. The BiodivERsA database is freely accessible to everyone; however, user registration is mandatory.
  3. Data completeness and correctness are not guaranteed. Indications on possible gaps are provided on the database website, under Links.
  4. Data quality is the responsability of BiodivERsA partners (=i.e. the Data Sources).
  5. The Legal requirements for releasing the data are under the responsibility of the BiodivERsA partners.
  6. Re-use of data for commercial usage is forbidden. It is also forbidden to replicate its content in a mirror database.
  7. Re-use of data for non-commercial usage is subject to prior acceptance by the BiodivERsA Executive Board.
  8. Re-use of data should be clearly acknowledged according to guidelines provided by BiodivERsA.
  9. Users will always show due attribution to the owner, such as "Data are derived from the BiodivERsA database, accessed on 2018-04-23".

What does “(%) Relevance” indicates?

It refers to the persistence of the search. The higher the (%) value for a particular hit, the better this hit will correspond to the search keywords.

What does “Sources” stand for?

Except for European project entries, sources refer to the agencies that provided the data. Some agencies provided data for the whole country (i.e. for their own agency as well as for others). In order to get a country-wide overview, one should therefore browse for “countries”, not sources.

For each funding programme, “Total budget” and “∑ fundings” are given.
What is the difference between these two?

Total budget refers to the total budget of the funding program, whereas ∑ fundings refers to the amount of money going to biodiversity research (i.e. the sum of the project budget numbers). For biodiversity-specific funding programmes, both amounts should therefore be the same.

On the project page, what is the difference between “amount” (in the header) and “fundings” (further down the page)?

“Amount” is the overall project budget while “fundings” relate to one or more grants received by this project. There is clearly a relation between the two – but currently the sum of all grants received by the project is not shown.


This database belongs to the BiodivERsA consortium (ownership agreement - 2013), and it is hosted by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (v20131211)