IG Biodiversity Data Integration: Unlocking the potential of biological collections data for climate change research - P6 meeting session

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23 September 2015- BREAKOUT 3 - 15:30

The BDI IG breakout session will be focused on challenges and opportunities related to the exploitation of data deriving from the digitisation of preserved biological collections around the world. 
Collection of biological specimens for scientific purposes is a practice that goes back more than 400 years. More than one billion specimens are hosted in European collections alone. From each one of these specimens critical information can be extracted that can contribute to the study of biodiversity but also provide unique insights for monitoring environmental and climate changes over time. Extracting, annotating and aggregating data from collections is a herculean task, which will however unlock the full potential of biological collections, providing an unprecedented volume of biodiversity, environmental and climate data.
With several ongoing parallel initiatives across the world to extract and openly share collection data, it is important that we increase the efficiency of the processes, harmonise activities and build the required synergies between people, data and finally knowledge.
During this session we will present successful case studies on collection data mobilisation and discuss the challenges regarding the use of produced datasets for climate and environmental research.
The session is split into two distinct parts
Part 1: Presentations of case studies from across the world (60 min)
Part 2: Open discussion (30 min)

Agenda for the session (short abstracts to be added shortly)

15:30 – 15:35

Introduction to the session and expected outputs

Dimitris Koureas

Natural History Museum London


15:35 – 15:45

What, when and where: broad and thin specimen digitisation for biodiversity research

Matt Woodburn

Natural History Museum London


15:45 – 15:55

iDigBio: using museum collections specimen data to improve biodiversity measures

Charlotte Germain-Aubrey

Florida Museum of Natural History


15:55 – 16:05

How can we release biodiversity data from herbarium specimens for climate change research?

Elspeth Haston

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


16:05 – 16:15

Advantages of the iMarine e-Infrastructure in marine species distribution modelling

Anton Ellenbroek



16:15 – 16:25

Machine to machine transfer of data - Challenges and lessons learned from the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

Malcolm Wolski

Griffith University, Brisbane


16:25 – 16:35

Climate change bioindicators: standing out?

Arturo H. Ariño

Museum of Natural Sciences - University of Navarra


16:35 – 17:00

Open Discussion



Convener: Dimitris Koureas, Natural History Museum London, UK