S3.3 _ Operationalizing essential biodiversity variables: aspects of data integration, production and dissemination. (Session Chairs: Néstor Fernández, W. Daniel Kissling, Robert Guralnick and Alex Hardisty)
The Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) has the impetus to develop conceptual and technical approaches to the production of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). However, the ecological scientific community, as well as those who are responsible for acquiring, curating, publishing, processing and using heterogeneous biodiversity and ecological data, must invest into supporting a systematic production and use of EBVs. Such information products should be applicable to any geographic area, covering time-period(s) of interest for detecting biodiversity change at policy-relevant time scales, with data that is held in any or multiple repositories, and produced by appropriately skilled persons anywhere in the world. Within constraints of specific data types, EBV information products should be harmonised and comparable at various scales from local to global and across time, such that they can be used to monitor and measure biodiversity change.
By showcasing what has been done so far, and guided by principles of global coordination of biodiversity monitoring, this session intends to foster scientific and technical exchange and build communities of practice to support production, delivery, use and sustainability of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) data products. This session specifically aims to:
• Showcase the role and need for informatics to develop and support of the production and delivery of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) information products at scales from local to global;
• Showcase approaches for utilising and sustaining EBV information products and their adherence to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) principles.
• Provide recommendations for the production and dissemination of biodiversity observations under the EBV framework
Keywords: biodiversity monitoring, data interoperability, global change, global observation systems, GEO BON, research infrastructures
Towards an EBV Analyzer based on VAT
Christian Beilschmidt, Johannes Drönner, Néstor Fernández, Christian Langer, Michael Mattig and Bernhard Seeger
Minimum Information Standards for Essential Biodiversity Variables
Néstor Fernández, W. Daniel Kissling, Robert Guralnick
Towards structured biodiversity data
Developing and implementing a general standard for inventory data
Robert Guralnick, Ramona Walls, and Walter Jetz