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GFBio on the way to Ottawa TDWG 2017!

Can current systems, methods, and schemas be used to capture and understand patterns of association amongst occurrences, genes, phenotypes, and environments? If so, how? If not, what gaps need to be filled? Uff! Yes, this is provocative enough and GFBio is happy to take part in the discussion! If you want to join, meet us at the TDWG 2017 October 1-6, Ottawa, Canada.


GFBio participation in the TDWG 2017 annual meeting is official. We are very excited about the conference, which will unite the TDWG community from around the world with the promise to debate data integration within the data deluge.

The Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), or Taxonomic Databases Working Group (since, the acronym) is a not for profit scientific and educational association affiliated with the International Union of Biological Sciences. The TDWG gathers every year since 1985 to discuss the hottest issues stirring the community. This year’s scientific program is an extensive catalogue of symposia and workshops, and includes one presentation from the GFBio project.

Felicitas Löffler (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) and Jana Hoffmann (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin) will take the podium to represent GFBio in the symposium Bridging Gaps between Biodiversity Informaticians and Collections Professionals. Their presentation will reveal how GFBio is succeeding in bringing together scientific data from various sources and making it publicly available through one search system integrated in the portal. The portal also being a single access point to all GFBio services. As Felicitas puts it,

“GFBio is a very good example on how to overcome problems with different metadata standards e.g. ABCD in the collections and pansimple (extended Dublin Core) in PANGAEA. We made it to bring scientific data together from various sources: collections, museums, and environmental and molecular archives. Selected data from these data providers are now publicly available in one search system, our facets (filtering functions) are working for all these different data types.”

Take a look at the abstract  Setting up an Interdisciplinary Data Infrastructure: Why Cooperation between Domain Experts and Computer Scientists Matters - An Experience Report from the GFBio Project, which is already online at the Proceedings of TDWG.

For more information on TDWG, please visit the association’s website or #TDWG17 and stay updated.

Spots on for Jana and Felicitas!



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