Ten principles to improve biodiversity informatics


Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) were first proposed in 2013 with the ultimate goal of deriving coordinated measurements that are needed to detect and report biodiversity change. Building on discussions of informatics experts and representatives of research infrastructures during four workshops of the Horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B funded by the European Commission, we have now published a paper in the journal Ecological Informatics which provides implementation guidelines for the emerging EBV operational framework. We highlight ten areas which cover data management planning, data structure, metadata, services, data quality, scientific workflows, provenance ontologies/vocabularies, data preservation and accessibility. A news item provides an overview about out work and the paper itself is available here.