Workshop Berlin 1: Requirements of users of Flora, Fauna or Mycota publications or services

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Date: 21st of May 2013
Organisers: RBGK, Naturalis, NBGB

Please note that registration for this workshop is now closed. If you would be interested in participating in an additional UK based workshop on this topic please contact

(For general information see: Workshops Berlin, May 2013)

The aim of this workshop is to understand how people currently use the information contained in faunas, floras and mycotas, to explore how in an ideal world they would like to be able to use it, and to discuss whether there is any other information that could usefully be included in future works. This understanding is a necessary contribution towards the development of a sustainable model for the delivery of biodiversity information, which is a major deliverable of the pro-iBiosphere project.


Drawn from a broad range of specialist and non-specialist providers and consumers of floristic and faunistic information, including (but not confined to) the following disciplines:
  • Taxonomy
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science (environmental modelling and trait analysis)
  • Education
  • General Public
  • Users and producers of e-Floras, e-Faunas, e-Mycotas
  • Users and producers of ID tools and services


  • Identify who are our users and what are their information needs
  • Identify potential new customers for biodiversity information


  • Better understand who uses floristic and faunistic information
  • Better understand how floristic and faunistic information is used
  • Begin to map the information flow between providers and consumers and the standards in use


Report on user feedback (Due: August 2013). Including:

  • Documentation of current and potential new users of Flora, Fauna, or Mycota information and service providers
  • A map of the information flow and the standards in use
  • Recommendations on how to satisfy user information needs

List of Participants of workshop 1:
Participant list

Pre-workshop questionnaire of workshop 1

Pre-workshop questionnaire for participants of "The uses and the users of Flora, Fauna and Mycota information - Pro-iBiosphere, Workshop 1, Tuesday 21st May 2013, Berlin"


08:15 - 8:45 Registration (including coffee/tea)
Registration will take place in the room immediately in front the JKI big auditorium (i.e. JKI A300)

08:45 - Start of workshop
Introduction - JKI auditorium (A300)
Participants will be divided into 3 break-out groups:
Group 1: JKI auditorium (A300)
Group 2: JKI room B103
Group 3: JKI room B8

09:00 - 10:30
1. How is information used ?

  • make an activity map for each use case (ie. to define role categories beforehand)
  • compile a list of activities and sort the list by cost/time and importance

10:30 - 10:45 Tea/coffee break

10:45 - 12:30
2. What information is used?

  • make a list of the types of information for each use case
  • sort and order the list by importance

12:30 - 13.30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30
Ensemble for Brainstorming session & open discussion for all participants (i.e. groups 1, 2 and 3)
Place: JKI auditorium (A300)

3. What could be done better?

  • selected lightning talks to present user perspectives on the future
  • brainstorming session on a wide range of possible future requirements

For most of the afternoon we will explore together ways that fauna/flora/mycota information could be made more useful to us.
To kick-start the session you are invited to give a short presentation (ie. a "lightning" talk of c. 5 minutes duration) on the question; "What should a flora/fauna/mycota of the future be able to do for me?

Speakers of lightning talks Organisation
Richard Old XID Services, Inc.
Quentin Groom NBGB
Johannes Penner MfN
Bente Klitgaard RBGK
Jens Kattge Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Sonia Dias Bioversity International, Rome
Shuangxi Zhou Macquarie Univ., AU
Jeremy Miller Naturalis
Robert Kenward IUCN
Mark Watson RBGE
Deborah Paul Florida State University
Laurence Bénichou MNHN
Lyubomir Penev Pensoft
Viola Clausnitzer Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz
Vololoniaina Jeannoda University of Antananarivo, Faculté des Sciences, Botany Department
William Ulate Missouri Botanical Garden
Donat Agosti Plazi

15:30 - 15:45 Tea/coffee break

15:45 - 17:30 Brainstorming session : Gradient of agreement

17:30 - End of workshop

18:30 - Dinner

@ Teehaus, Tiergarten;
Please contact Sabrina Eckert: for further enquiries of dinner arrangements.
Cost: ca. 20 Euros, to be paid by participants (unless funding is required for this specific activity and has been agreed in advance with Plazi - Donat Agosti:
Public transport: U9 (direction Osloer Strasse) from Rathaus Steglitz, changing at Zoologischer Garten into S5 (direction to Hoppegarten) getting off at Bellevue station. The Teehaus is situated in the English Garden, a short walk through the Tiergarten. On their website use the link for Kontakt>Anfahrt.