Building an interactive atlas of knowledge for invasion science and beyond

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” John Naisbitt, 1982

With the exponential increase in scientific publications, it has become difficult to acquire and maintain an overview of expanding fields like invasion biology, urban ecology or restoration ecology. The enKORE project uses the power of machine learning and natural language processing to develop an open interactive atlas of knowledge, first with a focus on invasion biology, but soon also for urban and restoration ecology. Our goal is to foster open knowledge by making the scientific literature machine-readable to help humans navigate it.

If you are interested in joining our community, please contact us.


  • Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) & FU Berlin:
    • Maud Bernard-Verdier
    • Tina Heger
    • Jonathan Jeschke
    • Daniel Mietchen
    • Camille Musseau
    • Steph Tyszka
  • Open Knowledge Maps:
    • Christopher Kittel
    • Jan Konstant
    • Peter Kraker
    • Maxi Schramm


Jeschke JM, Heger T, Kraker P, Schramm M, Kittel C, Mietchen D (2021) Towards an open, zoomable atlas for invasion science and beyond. NeoBiota 68: 5-18. https://doi.org/10.3897/neobiota.68.66685


See our poster (pdf) and hear the audio abstract (audio file) for the World Biodiversity Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 26.06 - 01.07.2022

Heger, Tina, Bernard-Verdier, Maud, Kittel, Christopher, Kraker, Peter, Mietchen, Daniel, Musseau, Camille, Schramm, Maxi, Tyszka, Steph, & Jeschke, Jonathan M. (2022). Developing a FAIR atlas of knowledge for invasion science and beyond. World Biodiversity Forum (WBF), Davos, Switzerland. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6669459

Partner Organisations

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. Our vision is the understanding of all fundamental processes in freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures conductive to sustainable water management – true to our guiding principle “Research for the future of our freshwaters”.

Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the 13 German universities being funded through the German government’s Excellence Strategy and is part of the only University Consortium of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – submitted a joint proposal in the Excellence Strategy entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment. The four institutions’ long-term goal is nothing less than to turn Berlin into an integrated research environment and one of Europe’s leading research hubs.

Open Knowledge Maps' goal is to revolutionize discovery of scientific knowledge. By building a visual interface that dramatically increases the visibility of research findings for science and society alike. A charitable non-profit organization with a belief that a better way to explore and discover scientific knowledge will benefit everyone.


Financial support for this project has been received from the VolkswagenStiftung (97 863).