Mobilization of Data on Biodiversity: Current Trends (BDI-2020)

From 5 to 10 October 2020, the III National Scientific Conference with international participation «Information Technologies in Biodiversity Study» (BDI-2020) was held in Ekaterinburg, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pavel Leonidovich Gorchakovsky, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. (https://insma.urfu.ru/conf/itbio ). The academic program of the conference was devoted to the discussion and exchange of experience in the use of modern information technologies for research and analysis of biological diversity. The conference was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the academic publishing house Pensoft.

               

 

The conference was held in both face-to-face and remote format, providing the broadcast and recording of all online meetings (using the Zoom teleconference service). The meetings were held in the conference hall of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the Ural Federal University. The interested participants also visited the museum of the Institute of Ecology and Morphology of Animals UB RAS (including the SVER herbarium), where they got acquainted with the storage system and the catalog of biological collections.

Khoreva M.G., the head of the UNU "Herbarium MAG" and senior researcher of the Laboratory of Botany, Ph.D., represented the report "Regional Herbarium (MAG) challenged by the modern epoch" at the session of "Current state and prospects of digitization of Russian scientific biological collections." The conference website contains a collection of materials of the presented reports. Khoreva M.G. also managed to attend practical workshop on preparing data for  GBIF.

GBIF is the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an international open infrastructure of data exchange that allows anyone from any place of the planet to access information on the distribution of species living on Earth using the Internet.

 

 
Within the framework of the conference, the BDI-2020 bio tournament  (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bdi-2020took place on the  iNaturalist platform and a field excursion to 
 "Bazhov's Places", nature park, where participants replenished the number of observations of wildlife objects (mostly vascular plants). These observations were simultaneously included in the «Atlas of the Wildlife of Russia». «Atlas of the Wildlife of Russia» is also an interesting project dedicated to the study of the wildlife of Russia by the methods of "amateur observation / Citizen Science", the development of an open data culture and the replenishment of the data array for the territory of Russia, including in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility GBIF.org.

How does biodiversity data from the amateur social network iNaturalist (by the way, there are many professionals here) get into GBIF? The observation must be confirmed by two or more participants (experts) in order to move from the category of unidentified observations to the research level.

Of course, professional researchers can directly put their information into GBIF by data uploading; however, their organization should be registered in GBIF.

The conference discussed another global resource useful in the study of biodiversity – Zenodo

an open repository that allows researchers of all disciplines to share and save the results of their research, regardless of their size and format. With free download and free access, Zenodo makes scientific results publicly available and stores them for a long time.

 

Thus, it was proposed to place the presentations of the conference reports and poster presentations in the Zenodo repository. All material published in Zenodo receive DOI (digital object identifier).

 

The next meeting of the participants in the framework of BDI-2022 is planned for September 2022 in Novosibirsk, in the Central Siberian Botanical Garden of SB RAS.