Opening Up the Natural History Heritage for Europeana (OpenUp!)

OpenUp! project is a Best Practice Network, co-funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2011 policy. Therefore, the interoperability of existing repositories and the implementation of technological solutions for uploading, search and long-term sustainability of the digitized multimedia objects is one of the goals of the project. We hope, that the ability of the multimedia through a global portal Europeana to everyone improves the interoperability of European taxonomy and the multilingual access point together with robust searching engine allows wide range of users exploit these data.


How to cite

Mal, N., Drumont, A., Kerkhof, S. & P. Grootaert, 2012. Pictorial beetle collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

Tools & resources

The following Open Source tools, among others, were used to implement this website:



First of all we warmly thank the photographer Noël Mal who spent thousand of hours in re-preparing beetles and photographing them from all sides. Further thanks are due to Alain Drumont (coordination), Stefan Kerkhof (database), Nicolas Noé (website) and André Heughebaert (database).