WP8 Overview Christos Arvanitidis Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics, HCMR, Crete [email_address] Workpackage 8 Ecological and Conservation data mobilization ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
What WP8 is about...
- The overall objective of WP8 is to extend the scope of the ViBRANT e-Infrastructure to the disciplines of ecology and conservation
- The specific objectives are:
1. To facilitate naturalist citizen scientists to contribute their observational information to the e- infrastructure.
2. To improve data quality of information present in thematic and global biodiversity databases.
3. To boost GBIF network expansion at national and regional scales.
4. To integrate data from various biodiversity sources for ecological and biodiversity assessment.
5. To facilitate the Red List assessment processes for endangered species by IUCN and other stakeholders.
- Module: a project's component assembled by distinctive parts like activities (e.g. pilot citizen scientists project), e-Infrastructure components (e.g. software), and desktop analyses (e.g. reports/publications). WP8 is consisting of 5 such modules.
- Integration: a key attribute for all modules to be successful. Integration is expected to occur within the ViBRANT project WPs and between ViBRANT and other biodiversity informatics projects and initiatives, world wide.
- Publication: it is used here with its extended concept, both with conventional means (ink-on-paper) and through the streamlined publication web means (e.g. Biodiversity Data Journal).
What we will do in ViBRANT
We develop 5 modules for the e-Infrastructure:
Task 8.1: Environmental data recording module for general naturalists (GBIF)
Task 8.2: Data quality improvement module (GBIF/UvA/HCMR)
Task 8.3: Ecological and conservation data applications module (HCMR)
Task 8.4: Ecological conservation visualisation and assessment module (Vizz)
Task 8.5: Field recording applications module (MfN)
How we are doing it
By submitting the main deliverables and by meeting the defined milestones. Milestones are SUBJECT TO REVISION in the light of project's progress.
Main partners: GBIF, VIZZ, MFN, UvA. NAMES already assigned to tasks by the project manager. Infrastructure for the progress monitoring already on the web site.
NAMES are assigned to deliverables and milestones!
How we are doing it 5
How we are doing it
How we are doing it: work breakdown and anticipated outcomes
(description), (deliverable), (milestone), (interaction with other WPs), (responsible partner(s))
1. Report (/publication) on the indices mostly used for ecosystem health/biodiversity assessment and selection of a subset by the Consortium. The selected indices must serve as many EU policies as possible, D8.1, MS815, WP5.5, WP5.10, HCMR.
2. Information application interface (software) to calculate the selected ecological quality/biodiversity assessment indices, using primarily species or functional traits along with their higher classification and abundance/biomass data, D8.1, MS819, WP5.5, WP5.10, HCMR.
3. APIs (software) to integrate the ViBRANT environment with existing datasets in other systems (GBIF, OBIS, LifeWatch) and to existing web application interface for the calculation of the ecological quality indices (e.g. M-AMBI), D8.1, MS819, WP5.5, WP5.10, HCMR.
How we are doing it: liaisons with other EU and international projects and initiatives
1. IMBG (Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics) coordinating partner of the construction and implementation phase of the national LifeWatch Centre.
2. OBIS, EurOBIS, WoRMS, SMEBD, EOL.
3. NaGISA (CoML).
4. PESI, EMBOS, EcoBOS, VECTORS EU Projects.
5. Links with the marine functional diversity community (workshop for ontologies).
GBIF, VIZZ, MFN
1. HCMR (IMBG) has the manpower and equipment to support activities.
2. HCMR has established a bioinformatics and biodiversity informatics unit to support its core projects on these research fields.
3. HCMR is leading the activities for the initial phase on the national LifeWatch Centre. A proposal will be delivered to the GSRT.
4. Additional manpower from other projects such as the Institute's excellence project and the HELBIONET (LifeWatch)
5. Where appropriate, all applications will first be tested on the local systems (e.g. MedOBIS) and then will be available to the ViBRANT environment. This is a precautionary approach to keep the milestones set.
6. Promotion of the e-Infrastructure to the diving club business (IMBG has traditional links with these clubs), flooding of data from their activities anticipated.