Koureas et al.: Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (2016)

Koureas D, A Hardisty, RA Vos, D Agosti, C Arvanitidis, P Bogatencov, PL Buttigieg, Y de Jong, F Horvath, G Gkoutos, QJ Groom, T Kliment, U Kõljalg, I Manakos, A Marcer, K Marhold, D Morse, P Mergen, L Penev, LB Pettersson, J-C Svenning, A van de Putte and VS Smith
Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (BioUnify)
RIO Research Ideas and Outcomes 2:e7787, doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e7787

In order to preserve the variety of life on Earth, we must understand it better. Biodiversity research is at a pivotal point with research projects generating data at an ever increasing rate. Structuring, aggregating, linking and processing these data in a meaningful way is a major challenge. The systematic application of information management and engineering technologies in the study of biodiversity (biodiversity informatics) help transform data to knowledge. However, concerted action is required to be taken by existing e-infrastructures to develop and adopt common standards, provisions for interoperability and avoid overlapping in functionality. This would result in the unification of the currently fragmented landscape that restricts European biodiversity research from reaching its full potential.