The Biological Collection Access Service for Europe, BioCASE, is a transnational network of biological collections of all kinds. BioCASE enables widespread unified access to distributed and heterogeneous European collection and observational databases using open-source, system-independent software and open data standards and protocols.
BioCASE builds on the predecessor projects CDEFD, BioCISE, and ENHSIN. These laid the groundwork for implementing a fully functional service unlocking the immense biological knowledge base formed by biological collections.
BioCASE and GBIF have overlapping objectives. Both cover collection data, but GBIF concentrates on digitised unit-level resources, whereas BioCASE includes also metadata on non-databased collections. Projects and Initiatives related to BioCASE are: http://www.biocase.org/partners_links/index.shtml