New GFBio web features!
The Generic data submission is now available! The submission interface for molecular data was significantly improved. It is now even easier to start a submission by providing detailed metadata using a structured template and a URL for data files, instead of uploading them individually.
The submission of data to a public repository is facilitated by the Data Center Recommendation Tool (DCRT). The DCRT was designed to help the users to select the GFBio data center that fits their data best. As research data can be heterogeneous, the DCRT is valuable in assisting the first step of data submission.
Biodiversity data easily explored online with GFBio VAT system
The Visualisation, Analysis and Transformation (VAT) system allows the examination of heterogeneous, spatio-temporal biodiversity data in a comfortable online GIS environment. Responsive visualization techniques and the integration of data sources with environmental variables, make it a powerful tool for biological and environmental research. Further features include quality control procedures within the portal, upload of user data and the transformation of data to fit individual requirements. The workflow is visualized and results can be exported.
Semantic Search is now possible as upcoming tool
The beta version of the Semantic Search functionality is now available at the GFBio portal. This tool provides more flexibility when searching for a specific set of data, as the query is expanded to find relevant results not included by the syntactic search. Like this, the semantic search broadens the results and returns more datasets. For a better understanding of what Semantic Search is and why it is important, GFBio produced a short film, which you can visualize and enjoy here.
Have fun exploring our portal!
14th Extended Semantic Web Conference 2017
The registration is open until May 22. Hurry up!
E-Science Days 2017
But, what’s the E-Science Days anyway? It’s a conference and a convention dedicated to the fascinating topic of Research Data Management (RDM). The event took place in Heidelberg and involved experts and representatives from several organizations like universities, libraries, data processing centers, data archives, museums, and funding bodies. A recurrent topic was the financial burden of RDM and the ceaseless chase for sustainable funding solutions. The community showed awareness and preocupation towards the troubles involving RDM and is ready to tackle them. Collaboration and sharing of best-practices is the way to go, as is a change of culture in scientific research in order to increase the acceptance of data sharing.
GFBio is definitely on the right track by means of a user-oriented approach, bundling RDM services into one central access point, and close contact to the user community.
Can we already reserve a place for next year’s E-Science days, please?
On the road again!
GFBio is reaching out to the long tail of science. Selected researcher projects will be visited in Leipzig 21 March and in Greifswald 22 March.
CSIRO Symposium 'Linking Environmental Data and Samples'
Linking Environmental Data and Samples will bring together leading researchers in earth and environmental informatics, to establish the current state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles. The focus is on linking data, with a particular interest in the integration of physical samples with datasets based on these, with a goal of triggering the adoption of uniform practices across Australia and internationally.
The design of the symposium will build on the experience of the highly successful Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP) series that has been running for more than two decades in North America.
The symposium will include a field trip on Monday 29th May to a number of national sample collections around Canberra. Following this, an opening reception will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Hospital Point. Registration closes 31 March 2017.
Belmont Forum 25.11.2015
The Belmont Forum is a group of high-level representatives from global funding agencies. During its last meeting of principals in October 2015 in Oslo, the e-infrastructure Community Strategy and Implementation Plan of the Forum has been accepted.
The plan recommends the Forum to transform the way data are used and research is conducted. Consequently, the Forum will initiate the establishment and management of a strategic coordination network of organizations - such as GFBio - to address its objectives to support global environmental change research. Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre is currently establishing a German coordination unit to align GFBio internationally, fostering information and data exchange for biodiversity and ecosystem service research and decision support.
The Belmont Forum is the main international joint-funding initiative on research into the impact and mitigation of global environmental climate change. It brings together entities to design and fund research programmes for implementation at a global level.
More information: www.bfe-inf.org.pdf
NEWS: nov 18 DFG Guidelines
The re-use of research data is becoming more and more relevant for meta-analyses, or studies of global interest or to answer questions about climate change. Similarly, the DFG began in 2010 to ask for a data management description as part of the funding proposal for a new project.
Due to the importance of this issue for biodiversity sciences, the Senate Commission on Biodiversity Research established an appropriate working group that also includes some GFBio members. This working group established guidelines for the management and re-use of data in biodiversity research which outline the DFG's expectations on reusable research data in the field of biodiversity.
More information: http://www.dfg.de
Second training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers
The 2nd GFBio training course for data curators will take place at the State Museum for Natural History in Stuttgart on April 14, 2015. This will also be the 25th Diversity Workbench Workshop and as such it will give an introduction to the use of the software tool DiversityTaxonNames. It will provide training in the management and utilisation of regionalised taxonomic reference lists, focusing on German data. DFG-funded projects in the area of biodiversity research, such as the DiversityMobile project and monitoring projects, such as the German Barcode of Life and the "Flora von Bayern" initiative, often use regionalised taxon reference lists, check lists, and species registers. These all rely on national or regional taxon concepts, connecting them with the global taxon registry, lists from nature conservation agencies, and/or common names. In Germany, taxonomies and taxonomic experts have sometimes been compiled and worked for years on a volunteer basis and without project funding. The coming workshop will bring together experts in regionalised (German) taxonomic reference lists and biologists from related fields, especially biodiversity informatics.
The workshop language will be German.
First training course for data curators at the GFBio Collection Data Centers
This workshop primarily targets biologists/curators of the GFBio Collection Data Centers.
We will present workflows in curation, maintenance and publication of research data in the GFBio- context and also practice already established services. This workshop aims to support the expertise at the GFBio Collection Data Centers that already work in curation of data or want to take over such tasks in the future.