The Interactions Thematic Centre aims to integrate the data resources required to study the responses of interacting individuals, populations and species and analyse the mechanisms underlying biodiversity organisation. With this aim, the Thematic Centre will produce tools and services to standardize, integrate and analyse data on inter-individual interactions at the scale (grain and extent) required. The Thematic Centre also aims to provide the Stakeholder community with a series of tools focusing on the protection, management and recovery of biodiversity and its ecosystem services.
1. The main long-term goal of the Interactions Thematic Centre is to coordinate its activities and efforts with the other Thematic Centres of the e-Biodiversity Research Institute in the development of the Italian Species Cadastre, contributing to the components related to ecological interactions at all levels, from inter-individual to interspecific.
2. The Thematic Centre focuses on the functional backbone, organising and making available data resources on keystone ecological niche dimensions, trophic links and other food web interactions, and related functional traits of individuals. A long- term operational goal of the Centre is thus the development of ontology-based standardisation and interoperability tools, progressively embracing guilds and taxonomic groups colonising ecosystem types in Italy.
In the long term the Thematic Centre will also seek to implement:
3. Interactive Species Catalogues and Case Studies to address emerging and interdisciplinary ecological questions and promote the use of the Thematic Centre's products by the scientific community, stakeholders and environmental managers.
4. Web Service and Tool (e.g. niche models and null models) Catalogues related to ecological interactions, to be used by scientists and policy makers interested in exploring and summarising biodiversity data.
5. Integration of its activities with the Service Centre regarding e-training for the services and tools developed by the Thematic Centre itself.