Julien Barde

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23 April 2020 1493 reads
RDA EU Ambassador for Marine Sciences / Fisheries

Julien Barde is working for IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, http://en.ird.fr/ird.fr) since 2008 as an IT research engineer. The focus of his work is the interoperability of information systems to improve (spatial) data management on marine ecosystems (biodiversity or ecological observations and related environmental parameters). He is currently working on methods to implement FAIR Data Management Plans by using R programming language to comply with widely used standards for data interoperability (eg OGC standards). He was a representative of IRD (member of the board) as a partner in the previous iMarine (FP7) and BlueBRIDGE (H2020) European research projects  and in current OpenAIRE-Connect H2020 project."


  • Data interoperability issues in the marine domain by using different standards (OGC for spatial data, TDWG/GBIF standards for biodiversity data and RDF/OWL to manage ontologies)
  • Data management challenges in the marine domain (including fisheries)
  • FAIR data management plans and technical solutions to implement them (e.g. publishing fisheries metadata and data on e-infrastructures or data papers and research articles in the marine domain)



  • From 27th to 30th of November 2019, during the 15th Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics (WPDCS) of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, in Karachi, Pakistan - presented how, within the framework of the H2020 OpenAIRE-Connect, how DOIs and related metadata were assigned to a corpus of IOTC documents (taken from IOTC Website) to make them available online with Zenodo repository (Slides are available here with related  working paper). 
  • Co-author of another working paper showing how by-catch fisheries data (marine turtles in this case) can be used to get DOIs, to feed global infrastructures like GBIF by complying with TDWG standards (EML for metadata and Darwin Core for species occurrences) and should ultimately be described and shared through a dedicated data paper.  
  • Methods and tools (R scripts using geoflow R package) to facilitate FAIR data management of spatial data infrastructures. This work has been applied to a database storing citizen science data in the marine domain and has been used later to showcase how a similar work can be done for other databases. In particular, with FAO, we applied this workflow to manage datasets for the global atlas of tuna fisheries within the framework of Blue Cloud project. Support has been extended to french data managers from different institutes (CRNS, INRAE..) to implement it in a cross-domain context (Forest ecology…).



  • E-Envir 2019 CNRS Thematic school: the 28th of october - CNRS invitation to Gif sur Yvette (near Paris) to give a lecture about metadata standards in the environmental domain (see slides here)
  • SIST workshop 6-8 November in Toulouse (gathering data managers of various french research institutes): use cases showing how R programming language can be used to set up workflows for metadata and data services (see slides here). In addition, we also used the iMarine SDI lab Virtual Research Environment (VRE) to run a short workshop to train 15 people.
  • Open Science event (“https://data2019opensci.sciencesconf.org/program”), the 12th of November in Montpellier: similar presentation as the one done in Toulouse at a more generic level (see slides here)
  • RDA France event in Paris (september 2019): a short presentation/ update on activities (provided to Francoise Genova)  (see slides)
  • Support french data managers to use a VRE to set up a workshop focusing on data FAIRificatoin using R packages and OGC standards.