WP2 - European and international policy coordination

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This work package - led by National Botanic Garden Belgium (NBGB) - will lay the foundation for the overall concept of the Open Knowledge Management System that this coordination aims at. It will liaise between all consortium members and collaborating external partners. These include the key biodiversity infrastructure developers, knowledge creators, science publishers and information users. The latter include a wide range of interests including ecology, environmental and earth sciences, nature conservation, and citizen science, from both the developed and the developing regions.

The objectives of WP2 are to:

  • Consolidate and update the knowledge on the status of biodiversity informatics resources for taxonomic literature and report on their current user base;
  • Identify potential users of a new e-taxonomy infrastructure;
  • Identify potential barriers for users presently expressing reluctance to use an open and shared e-taxonomy;
  • Collect and analyze the requirements of taxonomic data providers and user;
  • Learn about impediments of the existing infrastructure and workflow elements by providing exemplar training with focus groups;
  • Identify common goals and reciprocal synergies that may induce a wide spectrum of organizations to collaborate and collaboratively develop policies that enable such collaboration.
  • Communicate user feedback to technical coordination work packages and existing infrastructures;
  • Mobilize international expertise;
  • Identify gaps in the current e-taxonomy infrastructure, reporting on future requirements; and,
  • Review the legal aspects of access to and sharing of taxonomy information towards an Open Knowledge Management System.

The planned activities will enhance the understanding about the available and necessary elements of a digital infrastructure to curate and synthesize biodiversity information in a way that fill the use case of traditional taxonomic literature - and beyond. It will enhance reciprocal understanding how the stakeholder cooperate, generate and exchange data.


  • Task 2.1 Coordination and routes for cooperation across organizations, projects and e-infrastructures
  • Task 2.2 Stakeholder requirements
  • Task 2.3 During the past decade, state-of-the-art tools to facilitate acquisition of core biodiversity data have been developed
  • Task 2.4 Legal issues of data acquisition, curation and dissemination