Setting the Scene for ViBRANT – Strategy, Philosophy and Communication


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Presented at Scripting Life: the science behind ViBRANT, at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Paris, France on 20th and 21st January 2011.

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Setting the Scene for ViBRANT – Strategy, Philosophy and Communication

  1. 1. Setting the Scene for ViBRANT Vince Smith Natural History Museum, London [email_address] ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Brief workpackage overviews </li></ul><ul><li>Values / philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach & communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VBRANT.EU forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting deliverables </li></ul></ul>17 ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  3. 3. WP1: Project management NHM with HCMR, RBINS, UOXF, UvA, OU, PENSOFT <ul><li>Strategic Board </li></ul><ul><li>Management Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Workpackage leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Project Partners </li></ul>NETWORKING 17
  4. 4. WP3: Training, outreach & community support RBINS with VU, NHM, UNITS <ul><li>Training (RBINS / NHM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training courses & online user support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User study (VU) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociological study of user needs & user metrics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach (RBINS / UNITS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion activities & bug / feature request management </li></ul></ul>NETWORKING 17
  5. 5. WP4: Standardisation UvA with JKI, PENSOFT, GBIF, BGBM <ul><li>Controlled vocabularies / ontologies (GBIF / JKI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardised & internationalised vocabularies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scratchpad common access point (BGBM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search portal across all Scratchpad sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standards control (UvA / BGBM / PENSOFT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>API service enhancements & service catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Liaise with LifeWatch (UvA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop the LifeWatch service centre </li></ul></ul>NETWORKING 17
  6. 6. WP8: Ecol. & conservation data mobalisation HCMR with MfN, Vizz, PENSOFT, GBIF <ul><li>Citizen science engagement (HCMR / PENSOFT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scratchpad citizen science modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GBIF data annotation (GBIF) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool to annotate observations from GBIF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visualisation tools (Vizz) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved vis. of Scratchpad data plus mobile apps. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Terrestrial data logging (MfN) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data logging tool </li></ul></ul>NETWORKING 17
  7. 7. WP5: Data services UOXF with UPMC, JKI, Vizz, UdIR <ul><li>Phylogenetic analysis (UOXF) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tree building service integration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Modeling & biodiversity metrics (UOXF / Vizz) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Niche modeling of spp. distributions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key construction (UPMC / UdIR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of Xper2 as a service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Matrix data editing (JKI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the matrix editor </li></ul></ul>SERVICE 17
  8. 8. WP6: Scholarly publishing PENSOFT with NHM <ul><li>XML Publication workflows (PENSOFT / NHM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly publishing from a Scratchpad to Zookeys & Phytokeys </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity data publishing (PENSOFT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Publishing data” & pushing this outside ViBRANT </li></ul></ul>PDF HTML XML SERVICE 17
  9. 9. WP2: Technical architecture NHM with BGBM <ul><li>Distributed Scratchpad hosting (NHM / BGBM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirroring & failover </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software module integration (NHM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop test & integrate consortium modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability plan (NHM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costing & modeling ViBRANT sustainability options </li></ul></ul>RESEARCH 17
  10. 10. WP7: Biodiversity literature access OU with KIT, PENSOFT, NHM <ul><li>Community bibliography (OU) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers tagged with taxon names </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity lit. markup (KIT / OU / PENSOFT / NHM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sub-article level access to taxonomic literature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Literature search (OU) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Datamining biodiversity literature </li></ul></ul>RESEARCH 17
  11. 11. Values / Philosophy Why ViBRANT is (a bit) different <ul><li>Inclusiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritization </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Agility </li></ul><ul><li>Democratisation </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Equity </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul>17 ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  12. 12. Outreach & communication The need to talk - all feedback is good <ul><li>“ Build it & they will come ” doesn’t always work </li></ul>“… the field [of biodiversity informatics] appears to be growing in a void of overarching, motivating questions, effectively making it a set of technologies in search of questions to address.” Peterson et al. The big questions for biodiversity informatics. Systematics and Biodiversity . 2010 <ul><li>We need to promote what we do via: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help & support systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociological research & feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations, papers, blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotional materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Representation on </li></ul><ul><li>Trifold-leaflets for each group of activities </li></ul>17
  13. 13. ViBRANT Trifold Promotional Leaflets Materials needed ASAP 17
  14. 14. Communication - Twitter 140 characters or less <ul><li>Create an account in your name </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tweet” what you are doing </li></ul><ul><li>Include @vbrant in your tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Include #wp[1-8] for your workpkg. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet often! </li></ul><ul><li>Download an app. </li></ul>17
  15. 15. Communication - VBRANT.EU E-Mail integration in the forum <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Each has its own e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Send via your registered e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Message attachments also sent, archived & backed up </li></ul>17
  16. 16. Reporting deliverables & milestones Completed via <ul><li>Find your deliverable or milestone </li></ul>17 <ul><li>Edit the record, adding links & reports </li></ul><ul><li>See what you are responsible for </li></ul>
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