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S P N H C June 2010


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Presentation made during the plenary session at SPNHC 2010 Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada

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S P N H C June 2010

  1. 1. GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY Vishwas Chavan [email_address] WWW.GBIF.ORG Towards demand-driven publishing of Natural History Collections Data: Recommendations of the GBIF GSAP-NHC TG Building the Biodiversity Informatics Commons SPNHC-CBA 2010 Annual Conference June 1-5, 2010 Ottawa, CANADA
  2. 2. <ul><li>TG commissioned in 2008 Q3 </li></ul><ul><li>Survey on challenges & concerns to digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Draft report submitted to GBIFS in April 2010; in process of endorsement by GBIF Science Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The size of universe of collections data: elements for preliminary approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results of survey on challenges & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approaches to the prioritisation of digitisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographical & taxonomic metadata to set priorities in specimen digitisation </li></ul></ul>GBIF GSAP-NHC Task Group
  3. 3. <ul><li>Discovery: facilitate access to information about non-digital collection resources </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation: increase the efficiency of data capture and to enhance data quality </li></ul><ul><li>Publication: improve & promote global infrastructure to mobilise digitised collections data </li></ul>GSAP-NHC: 3 Recommendations
  4. 4. <ul><li>GBIF must facilitate access to information about non-digital collection resources </li></ul><ul><li>Publicise research potential of collections through metadata </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author & publish metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen metadata publishing infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessing the number of un-digitised specimens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>determine the size of the holdings of un-digitised specimens world-wide </li></ul></ul>GSAP-NHC Recommendation 1: Discovery
  5. 5. <ul><li>GBIF must work with collections to continue to increase the efficiency of specimen data capture and to enhance data quality </li></ul><ul><li>Technical measures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>industrialise, technological innovations, QA/QC, fitness-for-use, data dictionaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attribution, professional credit, institutional priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data publishing framework, metadata as data paper, institutional recognitions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul>GSAP-NHC Recommendation 2: Digitisation
  6. 6. <ul><li>GBIF must continue to improve and promote the global infrastructure used to mobilise digitised collections data </li></ul><ul><li>Technical measures: hosting environment, persistent identifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach activities: southern hemisphere collections, small & medium sized collections </li></ul><ul><li>Political measures: national & thematic demand-driven digitisation strategies </li></ul>GSAP-NHC Recommendation 3: Publication
  7. 7. <ul><li>Discussion session at SPNCH-CBA 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Release of Report: July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata as data paper: Sept/Oct 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Statement by GBIF Governing board on discovery & publishing of NHC data </li></ul>GSAP-NHC Recommendations: What’s Next?