Recent discussions within the biodiversity informatics community have highlighted the need to broaden and improve our basic data models to better reflect the richness of biodiversity and provide the information needed to address the paired challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change.

In this project, we will consult community members on the development of a new FAIR data model that encompasses long-term biodiversity monitoring data from newly developing biodiversity monitoring projects around the world and makes it easier to integrate, share and reuse. The aim of the consultation is to identify improvements to data models and processes that could then in turn lead to improvements in the Darwin Core (DwC) standard and its implementation of FAIR principles.

As a leader in open and reusable data before the FAIR principles were developed, GBIF has an influential role in generating FAIR data throughout biodiversity sciences. All data mobilized through the GBIF network is completely free and open access with all metadata easily available. Nevertheless, the biodiversity community has determined that it is time to revisit GBIF’s core data model so that it can better implement FAIR data integration, especially in connection to the growing Digital Extended Specimen initiative. It is also becoming critically important to meet the growing need to enable the integration of new data types, especially DNA-derived data, and to better connect the growing long-term biodiversity monitoring data that isn’t currently well connected to the global data network. Through FAIR recommendations and assessments, and a new FAIR interoperability framework at the heart of the GBIF data model, our goal is to improve our processes and thereby help the global biodiversity community to implement FAIR data standards.


the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. Coordinated through its Secretariat in Copenhagen, the GBIF network of participating countries and organizations, working through the participant nodes, provides data-holding institutions around the…

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New data model: Exploring eDNA data

 8 June 2023 15:00 – 17:00 CEST Join us for an informative and engaging community webinar as we explore the latest updates and developments in eDNA and GBIF’s new data model. The agenda includes expert speakers sharing their insights…

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WorldFAIR Project webinar series announced

The WorldFAIR Project is launching a webinar series aiming to promote and discuss all published and upcoming deliverables and project outputs. The webinars will run from May 2023 to May 2024. They are free to attend. Please note all…

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