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Integration and linking between Biodiversity and Life science data – towards a shared global knowledge graph

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    Wouter Addink

    Collaborative session notes:…
    Session chairs: Wouter Addink, Rob Hooft
    Assistance with session moderation and notetaking: Libby Ellwood

    Prof. Dr. Lyubomir Penev. Managing Director of Pensoft Publishers and Project coordinator for the BICIKL project.

    Dr. Ilene Mizrachi. Ilene leads a number of products including GenBank  and BioSample. She has been involved with organism Barcoding projects, standards committees, and biodiversity meetings.

    Dr. Johan Gustafsson. Bioinformatics Engagement Officer from BioPlatforms Australia/ BioCommons.


    Welcome and introduction to the session (5 min) – Rob Hooft & Wouter Addink

    Introduction to the BICIKL project (10 min) – Prof. Dr. Lyobomir Penev

    Barcoding and biodiversity sequence data in GenBank (10 min) Dr. Ilene Mizrachi

    BioPlatforms Australia (10 min) Presenter TBD

    Discussion (50 min) – all  

    Wrap up, next steps (5 min) – Rob Hooft, Wouter Addink

    Possible items for the discussion:

    Discussion on the “concept of linking” in a wider and narrower sense, especially of the “true linking of biodiversity data”, that is linking between the PIDs of FAIR data items.

    What are the main issues in integrating biodiversity and life science data?

    where and how should links be stored and managed, e.g. at each participating RI or at a third party place?

    how should links be annotated/corrected?

    are there RDA outputs already that can solve some of these issues?

    Could nanopublications play a role in certification, permanent record and possibly annotation of newly discovered links? 

    Which regional/continental developments and strategies are there towards integration and linking between Biodiversity and Life science data?

    Can these engage with the BICIKL developments? How?

    1. First group option
    Biodiversity Data Integration IG

    Additional links to informative material

    Applicable Pathways

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG

    Avoid conflict with the following group (3)
    RDA / TDWG Metadata Standards for attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship

    Contact for group (email)

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Wouter Addink

    I declare that I have informed the chairs of all the Working / Interest groups included in this joint meeting application.

    Meeting objectives
    The joint session aims to discuss the life science and biodiversity data integration and linking objectives of the recently EU-funded BICIKL project (Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library) in a global, intercontinental perspective. All research infrastructures involved in the project have global coverage, or at least a global audience and user base. See for a short introduction to BiCIKL:
    BICIKL will initiate and build a new community of key research infrastructures in the biodiversity and life science domain with the aim to to link and track usage of data along the line: specimens → sequences → species → analytics → publications → biodiversity knowledge graph → re-use. Linking between different biodiversity classes will be managed by the participating RIs engaged with the different data classes, and literature with sub-article level biodiversity data will be the crossing point in the project for these data classes.
    Regions in the world are developing their own tailored strategies to achieve integration between life science and biodiversity data. Example global initiatives of relevance are the UN’s One Health initiative ( and Earth System Science Partnership and partners therein ( Identifying integration strategies in different parts of the world and achieving synergy between these developments is key to build a shared global knowledge graph. The session will discuss the BiCIKL approach and how intercontinental engagement can be achieved.

    Please indicate the breakout slot (s) that would suit your meeting
    Breakout 1, Breakout 2, Breakout 3, Breakout 4, Breakout 5, Breakout 7, Breakout 8

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    Target Audience
    Members of both the IGs and members of the life science data community and biodiversity data community in general.

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