Catalogue of Life


ETI BioInformatics



The Catalogue of Life is a European Union-funded program to create a complete index of the world's known species. The Catalogue of Life supports major biodiversity and conservation information services such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Encyclopedia of Life and IUCN Red List of threatened species.

What I did

I designed and developed the Web-based interface for the 2005 edition using HTML/CSS and JavaScript and also built the back-end using PHP and MySQL. The interface was also used for subsequent editions (2006, 2007, 2008) and continues to form the basis of the Catalogue of Life as of 2020.

I also programmed a REST-based Web service (public API) using PHP/MySQL/XML. This API is still in use as of 2020.

screenshot of the Catalogue of Life