Wednesday, 27 March, 2019

In July 2018, over 100 invited stakeholders convened in Copenhagen for the Second Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference, or GBIC2. The conference followed-up on the Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook, or GBIO, which was elaborated at the first GBIC conference in July 2012.

Out of GBIC2, the paper Connecting data and expertise: a new alliance for biodiversity knowledge has now been published. Lead author Donald Hobern had the support of 15 co-authors with CETAF-Chair Michelle Price among them. The paper includes associated brochures in eleven languages (all included as supplementary materials, with their own DOIs).  In the following week, a series of short papers will be added to the site to expand discussion on areas identified as next steps.

In the paper, the authors recognise the need for greater alignment between efforts at all scales. GBIC2 attendees reached consensus on the need for a global alliance for biodiversity knowledge, learning from examples such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

The paper summarises the GBIC2 discussions and presents a set of 23 complementary ambitions to be addressed by the global community in the context of the proposed alliance. The authors call on all who are responsible for describing and monitoring natural systems, all who depend on biodiversity data for research, policy or sustainable environmental management and all who are involved in developing biodiversity informatics solutions to register interest at and to participate in the next steps to establishing a collaborative alliance.

The article has been published in the Biodiversity Data Journal and can be read in its entirety here: