Fourth Management Meeting

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For general information, see Workshops Berlin, October 2013.

Date and venue

11th of October (Friday) 2013, Berlin, Germany.

The meeting will take place at the FUB-BGBM:

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum,
Freie Universität Berlin
Conference Room A121
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-7
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 / 83850-100


Seminaris Campus hotel - 550 m

Hotel Eckstein - 1,2 km

Ravenna hotel - 1,8 km

Hotel am Forum Steglitz - 2,1 km

Best Western Plus Hotel Steglitz International - 2,2 km


Name Organisation Short name
Donat Agosti Plazi DA
Don Kirkup RBGK DK
Eva Kralt Naturalis EK
Quentin Groom NBGB QG
Anton Güntsch FUB-BGBM AG
Sabrina Eckert FUB-BGBM SE
Gregor Hagedorn MfN GH
Daniel Mietchen MfN DM
Jeremy Miller Naturalis JM
Stephanie Morales Sigma SM
Alan Paton RBGK AP
Lyubomir Penev Pensoft LP
Soraya Sierra Naturalis SS
Camille Torrenti Sigma CT
Jan van Tol Naturalis JvT


08.45 - 09:00 Welcome of participants (including coffee and tea) Conference room A105
09:00 - 09:10 Action Plan Check of May 2013: Approval of minutes of pro-iBiosphere third management meeting on May 24, 2013
09.10 - 11.20 Results and conclusions of pro-iBiosphere workshops on:

  • Oct. 8 Workshop 1 (M4.1): How to improve technical cooperation and interoperability at the e-infrastructure level (FU-BGBM)
  • Oct. 8 Workshop 2 (M4.2): How to promote and foster the development & adoption of common mark-up standards & interoperability between schemas (PLAZI)
  • Oct. 9 Workshop 3 (M6.2.2): Workshop on user engagement and benefits (RBGK)
  • Oct. 10 Workshop 4 (M6.3.2): Towards sustainability towards service: Meeting to evaluate business models currently in use by partners and relevant non-partners (SIGMA)
11.20 - 11.30 Tea/coffee break

11.30 - 12.40 Progress on pilots:

  • Pilot 1: Interoperability model between taxon treatments from both legacy and prospective literature from three organismic domains (fungi, plants and animals) - Pilot leader or institution representative:
    • i) Chenopodium vulvaria L. - Quentin Groom (NBGB)
    • ii) Spiders - Jeremy Miller (Naturalis)
    • iii) *Bryophyta - Sylvia Mota de Oliveria (Naturalis)
    • iv) *Fungi - József Geml (Naturalis)
    • v) Mistletoes - Don Kirkup (RBGK)
    • vi) *Chilopoda - Pavel Stoev (Pensoft),
    • vii) Ants - Donat Agosti (Plazi)

*Donat Agosti (Plazi) will provide the progress update.

  • Pilot 2: Common query/response model for automated registration of higher plants (International Plant Names Index, IPNI), fungi (Index Fungorum, Mycobank) and animals (ZooBank) - Lyubomir Penev (Pensoft)
  • Pilot 3: Interoperability model between PLAZI and the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy based on transformations between XML-repositories and CDM-stores - Anton Güntsch (FU-BGBM)
  • Pilot 4: Revision of a tool (CharaParser) that generates identification keys by reusing morphological characters from published species descriptions - Donat Agosti (Plazi) and Don Kirkup (RBGK)
12.40 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 13.50 Preparation of pro-iBiosphere workshops in February 2014:

  • Workshop 1 (MS12): Workshop with institutions involved in the mark-up of biodiversity literature - Daniel Mietchen (MfN)
  • Workshop 2: Workshop on towards sustainability for services alternative business models - Don Kirkup (RBGK)

13.50 - 15.05 Progress & status of deliverables / personnel hired or to be hired / announcements concerning these deliverables (period October 2013 – February 2014):

Representative from each institution leading a task:
  • Year 2 - Management and resources for the pro-iBiosphere task you are leading and/or are involved in
  • Year 2 - Main issues that you want to report
  • Oct. 2013: Year 1 reports and preparation for the 1st year review
  • Oct. 2013: D1.2.5 - Report on cost delivery, efficiency and cost reduction through effective practices (1)
  • Nov. 2013: Management report 5
  • Jan. 2014: Management report 6
  • Nov. 2013: Report on benefits to users/clients
  • Dec. 2013: Risk analysis of the different models or a mixed model
  • Jan. 2014: Draft summary of sustainability models for consultation
  • Feb. 2014: Report on benefits to suppliers
  • Dec. 2013: Report D3.3.1 on state-of the art and research horizons of semantic integration of biodiversity literature
  • supporting role (tbd)
  • Dec. 2013: Report on a strategy for improvement & interoperability of the XML schemas
  • Dec. 2013: Electronic newsletter 4
  • Dec. 2013: Report on strategies for improved cooperation and interoperability between infrastructures

14.50 - 15.05 ORCID/Figshare presentation - Quentin Groom (NBGB)

15.05 - 15.15 Tea/coffee break

15.15 - 15.25 Announcements by consortium members (e.g. feedback on participation in international meetings like COOPEUS, TDWG; envisaged piB articles)
15.25 - 16.00 Action Plan List - Eva Kralt (Naturalis)
16.00 End of meeting