Aaike De Wever, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber
Biodiversity data publishing in
freshwater sciences
© J. Freyhof, A. Hartl
RBINS – ...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Freshwater biodiversity
• Freshwater species face a high...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Data publishing versus data sharing
• Data publishing pa...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Building a global freshwater biodiversity
information hu...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Building a global freshwater biodiversity
information hu...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Availability of data – general
• Large amounts of data a...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Availability of data – freshwater occurrences
• Based on...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Availability of data – freshwater databases
• BioFresh c...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Data publishing through BioFresh
• Establishing a themat...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Data publishing through BioFresh
• What can we offer dat...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Data publishing through freshwater journals
• We convinc...
SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
Data publishing through data papers
• Producing a data p...
Data publication presentation at SIL2013
Data publication presentation at SIL2013
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  • We see a clear need for focusing on data publication in freshwater as this environment faces high extinction rates (higher than in other environments cfr. Green line on Living Planet Index graph) and despite the attention for freshwater itself (as a resource) its biodiversity is often overlooked. [Freshwater ecosystems cover only a small percentage of of the Earth’s surface (~0.8%), but are of extreme importance for billions of people (esp. in developing countries) and host a comparatively large % of known species (10% of all animals –about 126 000 and 35% of vertebrates – about 20 000). And moreover, these freshwater species face a higher extinction rate than species in any other environment.]
  • Data publication presentation at SIL2013

    1. 1. Aaike De Wever, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber Biodiversity data publishing in freshwater sciences © J. Freyhof, A. Hartl RBINS – Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels BOKU – University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna
    2. 2. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Freshwater biodiversity • Freshwater species face a higher extinction rate than species in any other environment • Need to improve capacity to protect and manage freshwater biodiversity in the face of ongoing changes to global climate and socioeconomics Lipotes vexillifer Recently extinct species © Institute of Hydrobiology Chinese Academy of Sciences © M. Franzen Incilius periglenes
    3. 3. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Data publishing versus data sharing • Data publishing paradigm – Both ‘traditional’ publishing through data paper as well as making data available on-line – Stressing importance of providing a citation for data and citing data – Assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to data Mark J. Costello (2009) Motivating Online Publication of Data BioScience 59 (5): 418-427.
    4. 4. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Building a global freshwater biodiversity information hub – www.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu • Bringing data and information together in a central place – the BioFresh platform • Making data more easily discoverable • Outlet for scientists to publish their data • Supporting large scale analysis and modelling using these data
    5. 5. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Building a global freshwater biodiversity information hub • Focus on – information on datasets (metadatabase) – occurrence data (or primary biodiversity data) – distribution information – all kinds of thematic biodiversity maps – other species information
    6. 6. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Availability of data – general • Large amounts of data are unavailable and we only have a vague idea of its volume • Example for the data available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility network – 20% of existing digitised data available through GBIF. Saarenmaa (2006) ArcUser Online. – 3% of natural history collections (digitised and non-digitised) are accessible through GBIF. Ariño (2010) Biodiversity Informatics, 7(2). • There is a substantial volume of data we ‘know’ exists, but is hard to get by (e.g. data collected for monitoring the state of the environment or the impact of conservation efforts)
    7. 7. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Availability of data – freshwater occurrences • Based on the species names in the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) database (currently covering about 1/3 of the global freshwater species) we harvested the available occurrence data from GBIF – 9M records, 7M geo-referenced (roughly 2% of the almost 400M records) – Roughly 1/3 collection data and 2/3 observation data – Data from over 1200 datasets, but only 17 could be considered being predominantly freshwater • Data integrated in the BioFresh data portal data.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu
    8. 8. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Availability of data – freshwater databases • BioFresh constructed a metadatabase for documenting freshwater focused databases – 162 entries (54 under quality control) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 BioFresh related datasets external datasets con ngency fund datasets GBIF freshwater datasets
    9. 9. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Data publishing through BioFresh • Establishing a thematic freshwater node for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility • Data publishing efforts cover – Data from project partners including databases from major EU projects on freshwater biodiversity including WISER, EFI+,… – Digitisation and compilation projects for completing data for specific species groups: Odonata, EU fishes, Trichoptera, Plecoptera, Ostracoda – Mobilisation of data gathered for the intercalibration of methods for the Water Framework Directive – Encouraging the publication of your data…
    10. 10. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Data publishing through BioFresh • What can we offer data publishers – Biodiversity data publication offering • visibility • citations • possibility for peer review both for metadata as for data – Technical data quality review – Automatic integration of data in on-line database and visualisation tools – But see also next slides…
    11. 11. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Data publishing through freshwater journals • We convinced editors of 19 journals to encourage the submission of biodiversity data associated with papers published in their journal Bioscience, 62 (6): 529–530 • Submission of primary biodiversity data cfr. submission of sequence data to GenBank • Step towards mandatory/default procedure Aquatic Botany Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Aquatic Ecology Aquatic Sciences Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Ecology of Freshwater Fish Freshwater Biology Freshwater Reviews Fundamental and Applied Limnology Hydrobiologia Inland Waters International Review of Hydrobiology Freshwater Science Journal of Fish Biology Journal of Plankton Research Limnetica Limnologica Marine and Freshwater Research River Systems
    12. 12. SIL2013 – August 2013 – Budapest, HUwww.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu Data publishing through data papers • Producing a data paper for a dataset that is publicly released (e.g. through the BioFresh data portal) produces a clear mechanism to cite the data and track its citation • BioFresh is planning a theme issue focussing on freshwater databases • All contributions are very welcome!

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