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From the sidelines to the mainstream: Engaging newer communities in biodiversity data publishing

Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat

Date and Time
8 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Free and open access to the worlds biodiversity data is critical to monitoring progress towards and ultimately achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. To date, efforts to provide such access have concentrated largely on data published by individual researchers or their institutions. Recently, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility has been working with partners to engage newer data communities such as impact assessment practitioners, wildlife managers, local governments and citizen-driven observation networks. The event will showcase a number of innovative approaches to capturing data from these additional sources, thus increasing the availability of science-grade biodiversity data. The initiatives include: * A pilot IPBES capacity building project involving institutions in India and Norway, using camera trap data to monitor the state of wildlife in national parks and biodiversity corridors. The event will include release of a best practice guide for camera trap data publishing. * Collaboration between GBIF and ICLEI to help local government manage biodiversity data better and integrate them into planning processes. Best practices for publishing data from local governments will be outlined and promoted for wider uptake. * Collaboration between GBIF and the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) to engage assessment practitioners in publishing and thus preserving biodiversity data, which are often discarded and lost once a licensing procedure is complete. This session will present the outcomes of GBIF-commissioned pilot projects engaging the environmental impact assessment community in India and South Africa. * Engagement between GBIF partners and citizen science networks to ensure that the increasing volume of biodiversity observations from the public can be published through global networks with adequate validation and quality control. Key side event partners: • Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management • Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA) • Wildlife Institute of India (WII) • Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India • Norwegian Biodiversity Information Center (NBIC) • University of Oslo • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) • International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) • ICLEI • INBIF, SABIF and GBIF-Norway (GBIF national nodes)