Bees, life, people

The collection was created through the Archive’s cooperation with the Ivanić-Grad City Library, subject specialists of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) and the Ivan Švear Secondary School in Ivanić-Grad as part of Citizen-Enhanced Open Science in Southeastern Europe Higher Education Knowledge Hubs, or CeOS_SE Project, a research project aimed at including European citizens in pan-European efforts focusing on open science. As a result of this successful cooperation, the collection makes available numerous resources on these as small as important inhabitants of our planet.

The food chain greatly depends on bees, since they play a vital part in the production of between as many as 75 to 85 per cent of all foodstuffs which amounts to every third bite in our diet. It is believed that Albert Einstein, also aware of the importance of bees for human survival, once said that “if the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Vividly illustrating the dominant role of bees in the ecosystem is the fact that while collecting nectar and pollen a single bee may daily visit up to 1,000 flowers, while a strong and healthy bee colony may pollinate as many as 3,000 flowers a day.

Resources in the collection were harvested as part of a crawl performed on 25 May 2022, resulting in 145 collected URLs, totalling 239 GB of data.