Building Bridges Between Biodiversity and Life Science Data communities

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05 Dec 2019

Building Bridges Between Biodiversity and Life Science Data communities

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Agenda for the meeting:

0:00 - 0:10 Rob Hooft: Introduction to the objective of the session & tour de table

0:10 - 0:20 Rob Hooft: Relevant ELIXIR activities - ELIXIR Biodiversity Focus Group

0:20 - 0:35 Wouter Addink: Relevant Biodiversity activities - DiSSCo, Catalogue of Life, GBIF, TDWG

0:35 - 0:50 Dimitris Koureas: What we already do together -bidirectional linking between citations, specimens, sequences and taxonomic names: the BICICL concept 

0:50 - 1:00 short update on the new BDI-IG goals discussed in the morning session

1:00 - 1:25 Discussion

1:25 - 1:30 Conclusion and follow up

Meeting objectives: 

Present and discuss interoperability bridges between ELIXIR and BioDiversity focused stakeholders participating in the Biodiversity Data Integration IG.

These can be e.g. biodiversity research infrastructures, aggregators, biodiversity standards organisation (TDWG) and projects.

Collections in biodiversity are associated with an increasing volume of data of types that are maintained in the life science community. This can pose challenges of interoperability which we want to address in this session. Example interactions are:

  • DNA sequence databases like ENA that used to have information mostly regarding humans and a handful of model organisms are receiving biodiversity data on a large variety of species.
  • Biodiversity specimens which used to be exclusively identified by "Darwin Triples" are getting HANDLE PIDs in the DiSSCo infrastructure.


Target Audience: 

Members and stakeholders from both IGs

Short Group Status: 

Both participating interest groups are well established in RDA. 

In Europe, the ELIXIR (Life Sciences) and DiSSCo (Natural history museums) infrastructures have established contacts, and are working (together with related organisations) on setting up collaborative projects. We see this session at RDA as a very good way to involve experts from the non-European continents in the discussion surrounding the interoperability and other interactions between the communities.

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

The ELIXIR Bridging Force IG bridges the activities of the ELIXIR “Data For Life” research infrastructure in Europe with the activities of RDA in two directions: bringing in expertise gained in European bioinformatics into RDA, and bringing RDA experience to the benefit of the European Life Science researchers. The ELIXIR Bridging Force IG was one of the first discipline specific IGs of the RDA.

The Biodiversity Data Integration IG general objective is to make this Interest Group a sustainable component of major biodiversity informatics initiatives, like LifeWatch, EU BON, GBIF, Encyclopedia of Life and Atlas of Living Australia.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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