During the 4th RDA plenary, the BDI IG made significant progress in prioritising the deployment of fully operational Name Services as a pivotal activity of the domain with direct benefits not only to the biodiversity realm but across all Life and Environmental Sciences.
The Biodiversity Data Integration IG identified considerable new opportunities that will emerge as we increasingly make the results of almost two and a half centuries of information available, to track changes in the biosphere over a critical time in societal growth and change; to mechanisms to carry out new types of research, and to use open access to data to improve the quality and speed of our work.
"Ultimately names are the bridge to the accumulated information built over the past 300 years and trapped in the paper world… Names have a special significance to link information elements and as such, it is important to use them knowingly and to build tools that work with names" Hardisty and Roberts, 2013
The Group will continue to work on the formulation of an joint Names RDA/TDWG WG that will work for 18 months.
- Names services: Progress and bottlenecks towards operational deployment
- Names services: TDWG interaction and effort consolidation
- Names services: Identification of beneficiaries, stakeholders and articulation of compelling use cases
Over the last few years there's been a significant uptake in digitisation activities of natural history collections around the world. With only less than 10% of all available specimens around the world, digitised and with significant institutional, regional and international investments in digitising activities already secured, we can expect a cascade of data to be produced over the next few years. Data that need to be well structured and annotated so that they can be indexed, aggregated, linked and re-used. The challenges are numerous.
This session will focus on the data management challenges deriving from digitisation activities around the world, bringing together key stakeholders that undertake relevant programmes in their respective institutions. From geotagging and label transcription activities to data validation and publishing, large scale digitisation programmes face common challenges that need to be addressed, in order to maximise the efficiency of the invested resources.
- Overview of large scale digitisation activities. Institutional commitment and supporting structures
- Metadata schemata used and challenges in describing produced datasets
- Validation and fitness for use of mobilised data
Linking layers of biodiversity data: The role of Biodiversity Data Integration IG
Natural History Museum London, UK
Linking Biodiversity Data for Ecology: Case studies in what can we do with existing tools
Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship and The Data Detektiv, USA
Organising 0.5 billion records of biodiversity evidence: Challenges of integration at scale in GBIF.org
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat, Denmark
Scientific name services: Background and challenges
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
Structured discussion around the case statement for the formulation of a joint WG on scientific names
5.1 Background and state-of-play
5.3 Expected outputs and foreground exploitation
5.4 Work plan (WPs, Tasks)
Contact Person: Dimitrios Koureas
Co-chairs: Vince Smith, Nicky Nicolson