Task Group on Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity

In April 2015, the GBIF Secretariat and Bioversity International created a ‘Task Group on Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity’ to improve the quality and quantity of data on the GBIF portal that are important to agricultural biodiversity research and policy communities. These include data on agricultural biodiversity monitoring, gaps in conservation, crop wild relatives, collections and genebank inventories, crop suitability index and more. The Norwegian GBIF node was invited and accepted to be a member of this task group.

Agrobiodiversity occurrence data in GBIF

Agrobiodiversity occurrence data published in GBIF from Bioversity International

The Task Group surveyed a selection of agricultural biodiversity experts to gather their opinions and suggestions. The results of the survey and the Task Group’s recommendations are now (October 2015) available in a report that is open for feedback. Please submit your comments and suggestions through the GBIF community site. The deadline for feedback is 15 December 2015.

The Task Group focused mainly on plants and therefore, strongly encourages the biodiversity community working on tree species, livestock and pollinators to provide their feedback, particularly on the standards and features needed through GBIF.org to publish and use quality data, and if standards like Darwin Core and Darwin Core germplasm extension can address their specific data needs.

Arnaud E, Castañeda-Álvarez NP, Cossi JG, Endresen D, Jahanshiri E, and Vigouroux Y (2015). DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION: Report of the Task Group on GBIF Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity. Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. Available at http://www.gbif.org/resource/82283

Tags: Agrobiodiversity, genetic resources, fitness for use, Biodiversity informatics, GBIF By Task Group on Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity
Published Oct. 26, 2015 12:05 PM - Last modified Dec. 17, 2015 11:05 PM