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    1. 1. Lessons learned from EDIT - linking taxonomy and conservation CHRISTOPH L. HÄUSER Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity christoph.haeuser@ mfn-berlin.de ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
    2. 2. The (unique ?) EDIT experience ...!
    3. 3. <ul><li>EDIT = Towards The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy </li></ul><ul><li>- a « network of excellence » supported by the European Commission </li></ul><ul><li>funded by the EC (FP6) for 5 years (2006/07 – 2010/11) </li></ul><ul><li>coordinated by the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (Prof. Simon Tillier) </li></ul><ul><li>with the objectives to: </li></ul><ul><li>reduce fragmentation and transform taxonomy into an integrated science </li></ul><ul><li>integrate (European) taxonomic institutions and capacities towards a trans-national entity </li></ul><ul><li>create a European virtual centre of excellence to reduce the taxonomic impediment, both for biodiversity research and conservation </li></ul>Characterizing EDIT
    4. 4. European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
    5. 5. EDIT operational organization
    6. 6. <ul><li>EDIT achieving institutional integration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain organisation with front office and staff (= CETAF ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustain joint activities and initiatives, at institutional levels: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board of Directors (BoD) – CETAF General Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directors of Collections Committee (DoCC) – NCB + MfN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informatics Scientific & Technological Committee (ISTC) – BGBM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) - RBINS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European (e-) Journal of Taxonomy (EJT) – Be-TAF + NHML + MNHN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scratchpads – NHML !!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The issues & challenges …. – for biodiversity research / taxonomy : <ul><li>1) facilitate data capture / generation </li></ul><ul><li>2) improve data quality </li></ul><ul><li>3) increase data integration (reduce „fragmentation“ of efforts) </li></ul>ViBRANT kickoff meeting, MNHN, Paris 20-21 January 2011
    8. 8. 1) Facilitate data capture: technology …!?? The answers ….
    9. 9. 2) Improve data quality: new technology …!?! The answers ….
    10. 10. Fieldwork Data collection Export in standardised formats (shape-files, dbf-files, etc.) <ul><li>Automated recording of GPS coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Automated recording of date & time </li></ul><ul><li>Species authority lists </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul>Facilitated data entry GBIF distribution maps species lists Output © M. Bos, A. Turpaud, A. Schäfer-Verwimp The answers …. 3) Increase data integration: new, virtual infrastructures !!!
    11. 11. EDIT WP7 objectives Strengthening the input of scientific taxonomic expertise in Europe for biodiversity conservation programs and management, especially for inventories, assessments, and monitoring of biodiversity; Furthering development and promotion of standards, techniques and methodologies for cost efficient biodiversity assessments including a new approach for an &quot;All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory & Monitoring&quot; (ATBI+M) program; Establishing a European expert task force for undertaking and supporting biodiversity inventories, assessments, and monitoring activities
    12. 12. EDIT WP7 „Applying Taxonomy to Conservation“ <ul><li>Objectives of EDIT Workpackage 7 (WP7) </li></ul><ul><li>Applying taxonomy to conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilising taxonomic expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility of biodiversity data for „protected areas“ </li></ul>Implementation of the objectives => ATBI+M ”All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories + Monitoring” “ large-scale field inventories to record all biodiversity”
    13. 13. WP7 (ATBI+M) approach <ul><li>EDIT WP7: </li></ul><ul><li>establishes EDIT ATBI+M pilot sites for areas of conservation concern in and outside Europe in need/want of inventory data </li></ul><ul><li>organizes and supports teams of taxonomic experts for field work to update/complete inventories and undertake monitoring at pilot sites </li></ul><ul><li>tests and develops new standards , protocols , and tools for efficient field recording techniques (automated geo-referencing, field-based ID techniques, GUIDs for records & specimens, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>delivers primary occurrence data as digital records (compatible with BioCASE/DiGIR/TAPIR protocols) hosted in openly accessible web-based information systems ( GBIF: www.gbif.net ) for current and future use </li></ul>EDIT WP7 – « field recording » manual Las Palmas, 25-27 January 2009
    14. 14. EDIT ATBI+M sites operate now in 4 selected protected areas Slovakia Germany Mercantour National Park Alpi Marittime Nature Park UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald Italy France Gemer Region (3 PAs): Muránska Planina, Slovenský Raj, Slovenský Kras
    15. 15. Field work Data recording Output Workflow: conventional
    16. 16. Workflow: ATBI + M Data recording <ul><li>Standardised Excel data sheets </li></ul><ul><li>for localities </li></ul><ul><li>for events </li></ul><ul><li>for taxonomic data (species) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Workflow: ATBI + M, field tools Data recording with ArcPad
    18. 18. Workflow: ATBI + M Central database … . towards (global) data integration Data cleaning Data export
    19. 19. ATBI+M Mercantour / Alpi Marittime (since 2007): > 180 taxonomists > 5.700 species ATBI+M Gemer Region (since 2008): > 50 taxonomists > 2.500 species ATBI+M - Participation & Results
    20. 20. EDIT ATBI+M data portal
    21. 21. ATBI+M - Field Manual <ul><li>Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of large biodiversity inventories </li></ul><ul><li>Records and data management </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Bioacoustics, Camera-trapping, DNA-barcoding </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat oriented methods </li></ul><ul><li>Forest canopy, soil & litter, limnology, marine </li></ul><ul><li>Taxa oriented methods </li></ul><ul><li>Fungi, bryophytes, higher plants, invertebrates, </li></ul><ul><li>arthropods, insects, vertebrates ... </li></ul>Find here the tips & tricks to optimise your field work http://www.abctaxa.be/
    22. 22. ATBI+M – Outreach
    23. 23. ATBI+M – Public outreach presentations BioBlitz Repubblica August 2008
    24. 24. Challenges remaining …. <ul><li>(personal) concerns with free / open sharing of data / information </li></ul><ul><li>reaching & convincing the audiences / stakeholders / users! </li></ul><ul><li>reducing the fragmentation / proliferation of data sources!! </li></ul><ul><li>sustaining the – virtual - infrastructure and contents!!! </li></ul>ViBRANT kickoff meeting, MNHN, Paris 20-21 January 2011
    25. 25. Ongoing biodiversity observations >100.000 new data records every day ?!
    26. 26. Three take home messages – from EDIT - for ViBRANT: = measures for success !?! <ul><li>S cience infrastructure : research = discovery / generation of new data / information / knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>O utreach: increase the partner / stakeholder / user community for the network = good communication! </li></ul><ul><li>S ustainability: ensure long-term usability and usefulness of the infrastructure & products (> 3, 5, 10 years ….)! </li></ul>ViBRANT kickoff meeting, MNHN, Paris 20-21 January 2011
    27. 27. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Many thanks to: </li></ul><ul><li>funding organizations: EC (DG RTD) </li></ul><ul><li>all EDIT partners + colleagues, especially those participating in WP7 (ATBIs+M), in particular: </li></ul><ul><li>Anke Hoffmann, Alexander Kroupa, Andreas Kunkel, Christiane Quaisser, Mark-Oliver Rödel: MfN, Berlin </li></ul><ul><li>Merijn Bos, Jutta Eymann , Fabian Haas , Joachim Holstein, Carlos Monje, Martin Nebel, Monika Pfeffer, Marcus Preussing, Axel Steiner : SMNS, Stuttgart </li></ul><ul><li>Walter Berendsohn, Agnes Kirchhoff, BGBM, Berlin; Klaus Riede: ZFMK, Bonn </li></ul><ul><li>Eduard Stloukal, Katharina I + II, Comenius University, Bratislava </li></ul><ul><li>Pierre Commenville, Marie-France Leccia: Parc national du Mercantour </li></ul><ul><li>Marta De Biaggi, Luca Giraudo, Patrizia Rossi: Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime </li></ul><ul><li>Philippe Bouchet, Vanessa Demanoff, Simon Tillier: MNHN, Paris </li></ul><ul><li>many other partners & colleagues, in particular: </li></ul><ul><li>Swen Renner , Peter Herkenrath: BirdLife International </li></ul><ul><li>Samy Gaiji, Nick King, David Remsen: GBIF Secretariat, Copenhagen </li></ul><ul><li>David Schindel, CBOL, Washington, D.C. </li></ul>
    28. 28. Thank you very much for your attention !!!

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