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Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (Bio Unify)

Koureas, Dimitrios; Hardisty, Alex; Vos, Rutger Aldo; Agosti, Donat; Arvanitidis, Christos; Bogatencov, Peter; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; de Jong, Yde; Horvath, Ferenc and Gkoutos, Georgios, et al. (2016) In Research Ideas and Outcomes 2(e7787). p.1-23
Abstract
In order to preserve the variety of life on Earth, we must understand it better. Biodiversity research is at a pivotal point with research projects generating data at an ever increasing rate. Structuring, aggregating, linking and processing these data in a meaningful way is a major challenge. The systematic application of information management and engineering technologies in the study of biodiversity (biodiversity informatics) help transform data to knowledge. However, concerted action is required to be taken by existing e-infrastructures to develop and adopt common standards, provisions for interoperability and avoid overlapping in functionality. This would result in the unification of the currently fragmented landscape that restricts... (More)
In order to preserve the variety of life on Earth, we must understand it better. Biodiversity research is at a pivotal point with research projects generating data at an ever increasing rate. Structuring, aggregating, linking and processing these data in a meaningful way is a major challenge. The systematic application of information management and engineering technologies in the study of biodiversity (biodiversity informatics) help transform data to knowledge. However, concerted action is required to be taken by existing e-infrastructures to develop and adopt common standards, provisions for interoperability and avoid overlapping in functionality. This would result in the unification of the currently fragmented landscape that restricts European biodiversity research from reaching its full potential.



The overarching goal of this COST Action is to coordinate existing research and capacity building efforts, through a bottom-up trans-disciplinary approach, by unifying biodiversity informatics communities across Europe in order to support the long-term vision of modelling biodiversity on earth.



BioUnify will:



1. specify technical requirements, evaluate and improve models for efficient data and workflow storage, sharing and re-use, within and between different biodiversity communities;



2. mobilise taxonomic, ecological, genomic and biomonitoring data generated and curated by natural history collections, research networks and remote sensing sources in Europe;



3. leverage results of ongoing biodiversity informatics projects by identifying and developing functional synergies on individual, group and project level;



4. raise technical awareness and transfer skills between biodiversity researchers and information technologists;



5. formulate a viable roadmap for achieving the long-term goals for European biodiversity informatics, which ensures alignment with global activities and translates into efficient biodiversity policy. (Less)
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The overarching goal of this COST Action is to coordinate existing research and capacity building efforts, through a bottom-up trans-disciplinary approach, by unifying biodiversity informatics communities across Europe in order to support the long-term vision of modelling biodiversity on earth.<br/><br>
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BioUnify will:<br/><br>
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1. specify technical requirements, evaluate and improve models for efficient data and workflow storage, sharing and re-use, within and between different biodiversity communities;<br/><br>
<br/><br>
2. mobilise taxonomic, ecological, genomic and biomonitoring data generated and curated by natural history collections, research networks and remote sensing sources in Europe;<br/><br>
<br/><br>
3. leverage results of ongoing biodiversity informatics projects by identifying and developing functional synergies on individual, group and project level;<br/><br>
<br/><br>
4. raise technical awareness and transfer skills between biodiversity researchers and information technologists;<br/><br>
<br/><br>
5. formulate a viable roadmap for achieving the long-term goals for European biodiversity informatics, which ensures alignment with global activities and translates into efficient biodiversity policy.},
  author       = {Koureas, Dimitrios and Hardisty, Alex and Vos, Rutger Aldo and Agosti, Donat and Arvanitidis, Christos and Bogatencov, Peter and Buttigieg, Pier Luigi and de Jong, Yde and Horvath, Ferenc and Gkoutos, Georgios and Groom, Quentin John and Kliment, Tomas and Kõljalg, Urmas and Manakos, Ioannis and Marcer, Arnald and Marhold, Karol and Morse, David and Mergen, Patricia and Penev, Lyubomir and Pettersson, Lars and Svenning, Jens-Christian and van de Putte, Anton and Stuart Smith, Vincent},
  issn         = {2367-7163},
  keyword      = {COST Action,Biodiversity Informatics,Environment,Standards,Data interoperability},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {e7787},
  pages        = {1--23},
  publisher    = {Pensoft Publishers},
  series       = {Research Ideas and Outcomes},
  title        = {Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (Bio Unify)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/rio.2.e7787},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2016},
}