GBIF has assembled a pair of panels of international experts to explore how best to improve the use and application of GBIF-mediated data in agrobiodiversity and distribution modelling.
Each task group will assess coverage and completeness of data—often referred to as ‘fitness for use’— and lend its expertise to recommend approaches that could improve research and applications in these thematic areas. Their work is part of a broader strategy to engage expert communities of interest to understand how biodiversity data are applied in particular use cases.
“The discovery and use of relevant data is critical for research fields such as distribution modelling, an approach increasingly used for informed decision-making” says Dmitry Schigel, programme officer for content analysis and use.
“The two task groups will help improve the fit of available data for agrobiodiversity and distribution modelling research communities,” he explains.
The task groups will consult with other experts, gather opinions and share insights on data publishing and use. The groups also expect to document best practices for agrobiodiversity or distribution modelling uses and provide recommendations to enhance GBIF.org to support user needs.
Task group on data fitness for use in agrobiodiversity
Chair: Elizabeth Arnaud, who works with Bioversity International, has a background in data management and has coordinated the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS), the CGIAR System-wide Information System on Genetic Resources (SINGER) and the development of the Bioversity geospatial database for collected crop samples.
Nora Castañeda from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) works on assessing conservation needs of forest and crop genetic resources globally.
Dag Endresen from the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo and Node Manager of GBIF Norway, was previously Knowledge Systems Engineer at the GBIF Secretariat. He has experience in predictive modelling of environmental factors influencing adaptive crop traits, spatial data analysis, and gene bank data modelling including a proposed mapping between the Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD) and the Darwin Core standard.
Jean Cossi Ganglo, Professor of Forestry at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, and Node Manager, GBIF Benin, leads a research team on forest dynamics, plant sociology and biodiversity informatics.
Ebrahim Jahanshiri works as CropBASE coordinator at Crops for the Future and is involved in developing online knowledge systems for underutilized crops and customized cloud-based data management and computational engines for scientific research especially in the area of crop performance simulation, crop-climate matching and genetic resources.
Yves Vigouroux, population geneticist at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) works on several crops of Africa and America and leads a team of researchers working on human activities and dynamics of plant genetic diversity (Dynadiv).
Task group on data fitness for use on distribution modelling
Chair: Jorge Soberón Mainero, Professor and senior scientist at the University of Kansas (United States)
Professor of Biology, City University of New York (United States)
Miguel Bastos Araújo
Research professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen and University of Évora
Associate professor in ecology, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Jorge Miguel Lobo
Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid (Spain).
Enrique Martínez Meyer
Researcher at the Institute of Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Professor at University of Kansas' Biodiversity Institute
Photo: Peruvian potatoes. By Scott Bauer, 626USDA Agricultural Research Service. Public domain image.