Special feature: making freshwater biodiversity data open and accessible
By Aaike De Wever
In June, I wrote an article on the BioFresh freshwater biodiversity information platform and data portal for this blog. The article focused on the different components of the data portal, ranging from the metadatabase and associated tools to basic occurrence data (i.e. where a particular species has been found and documented).
Mobilising scientific data on freshwater biodiversity and making it publicly available is obviously quite a job for several BioFresh project partners. I believe this is an issue that concerns the scientific community at large and so, together with some colleagues, will be working on a series of blog-articles on this subject to outline and explain the issues surrounding how BioFresh plan to make scientific data open and accessible to everyone.
The subjects we have in mind cover:
- Integrating dispersed datasets
- Integrating models and tools to analyse and view the data
- What is metadata?
- Approaches to obtaining information on freshwater databases
- Intercalibration datasets on biological water quality indices gathered for the Water Framework Directive across Europe are used to construct a common scale of ecosystem health.
- Approaches to data digitisation
- Approaches to setting up a system of interoperable databases
- Methods of making basic biodiversity data available during scientific publication
- Why should scientific data be made publicly available?
We’ll be publishing articles every week on the subject, starting today. Please get in touch (biofreshATouce.ox.ac.uk) with any comments, feedback or suggestions.