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Connecting data and expertise: a new alliance for biodiversity knowledge

Published inBiodiversity Data Journal, vol. 7, p. 1-20
Publication date2019

There has been major progress over the last two decades in digitising historical knowledge of biodiversity and in making biodiversity data freely and openly accessible. Interlocking efforts bring together international partnerships and networks, national, regional and institutional projects and investments and countless individual contributors, spanning diverse biological and environmental research domains, government agencies and nongovernmental organisations, citizen science and commercial enterprise. However, current efforts remain inefficient and inadequate to address the global need for accurate data on the world's species and on changing patterns and trends in biodiversity. Significant challenges include imbalances in regional engagement in biodiversity informatics activity, uneven progress in data mobilisation and sharing, the lack of stable persistent identifiers for data records, redundant and incompatible processes for cleaning and interpreting data and the absence of functional mechanisms for knowledgeable experts to curate and improve data.

  • Biodiversity
  • Biodiversity data
  • Biodiversity informatics
  • GBIC2
  • Alliance
  • Collaboration
  • Data quality
  • Sustainability
  • Research infrastructure
  • Open science
  • Open data
  • Investment
Citation (ISO format)
HOBERN, Donald et al. Connecting data and expertise: a new alliance for biodiversity knowledge. In: Biodiversity Data Journal, 2019, vol. 7, p. 1–20. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e33679
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ISSN of the journal1314-2828

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