Working with data
Through our partner community we offer access to useful services and tools for handling biodiversity and environmental data. A selection.
Research data management
Search data repositories, submit own data and create data management plans according to community standards.
Manage research data with GFBio
Data visualisation and analysis
Online environment for georeferenced data and the creation of biodiversity maps
Online environment for georeferenced data
Data standards and more – our specialist information
Access to standards, protocols and formats for data exchange used in our network, and other technical documentation
Continue to GFBio Wiki
Interested to become involved? As an NFDI consortium we learn from and cooperate with the professional community – get in touch with us.
Use Case Projects
Working with and for the community: Around 20 use cases from the biodiversity professional community – the NFDI4Biodiversity Use Cases – help us to develop data management solutions that are actually needed.
Research Initiative for the Conversation of Biodiversity (FEdA)
NFDI4Biodiversity supports the professional archiving of data in the BMBF-funded Research Initiative for the Conversation of Biodiversity (FEdA). The cooperation with the projects is organized via the established processes in our helpdesk.
We organise own events and contribute to community meetings. If you are interested in a summer school, special trainings, workshops or a project presentation, please send us an enquiry via the contact form.
Organiser: Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity (FEdA)
Collaborative Research Data Management Support for FEdA projects
Visit our virtual booth to learn more about how the NFDI consortia KonsortSWD and NFDI4Biodiversity cooperate to help researchers manage their biological & ecological as well as their social data from Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity (FEdA) projects. You can find us by klicking on the "Exhibition" tile in the digital event lobby.
Not attending the conference, but still interested in our cooperation? Read more here.
About the event
The central importance of sustainable use and protection of biological diversity for the further development of human well-being is increasingly recognised. However, implementation remains difficult and the erosion of biodiversity and natural capital continues to progress, as the global IPBES Report 2019 and the Dasgupta Review 2021 have made clear.
There is no doubt: we need action now! To demand exactly this, thousands of representatives from diverse disciplines of science, society and economy worldwide turned recently towards national and international leaders, in open letters, public statements, or policy briefs (e.g. “A letter to fellow citizens of Earth”, “Berliner Erklärung”, “Scientists warning Europe”, “Business for Nature’s Call to Action”). But time is running out.
High expectations are therefore linked to the “Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)” which will be adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties (COP 15), after three postponements now scheduled for December 2022 in Montreal. In this global context, the EU is having the chance to lead the way, not least with its major sustainability project “Green Deal”. However, are these high expectations justified or do we need to be more ambitious? More specifically:
Analysed from a transdisciplinary, systemic perspective, are the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as outlined in the available draft, and the EU Green Deal sufficient and realistic to achieve a short-term reversal of the actual biodiversity loss necessary to safeguard human wellbeing?
What is the reason for the failure of previous concepts and activities to preserve biodiversity, what can we learn from this and how can we assure the effective implementation of the intended goals?
How can synergies be created at the European and international scale, at the level of scientists and stakeholders, in order to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and thus contribute to improving human well-being?
To discuss and elucidate these questions, the BMBF Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity (Forschungsinitiative zum Erhalt der Artenvielfalt, FEdA), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), invites you to participate at the transdisciplinary digital conference.
To allow for a broad transdisciplinary discussion, the conference invites European scientists from all disciplines related to biodiversity, stakeholders from politics, society, economy and the media.
Monday, November 21, 2022, 14-16 h
In order to gain insight into complex ecological processes and the consequences of anthropogenic impact on the worlds ecosystems, researchers need to work together and share their data. The vast resources of biodiversity-related data combined with socio-economic, trade, financial data will allow to improve models of the state, stability and threats to ecosystems - but only if data is FAIR. Consequently, research institutions and funders, but also publishers increasingly demand transparency and promote data sharing practices. However, sharing data often touches national and international law such as handling sensitive data (e.g. occurrence data of endangered species). Thus, it is often noticed as challenging and complex.
In our workshop that will take place as part of the Joint Conference of SFE2, GfÖ & EEF (November 21-25, 2022) we will hear about and discuss open (biodiversity) data at national and global scales: Lawyer Louisa Hantsche (UfU) will introduce the basics of copyright protection, data policies and licensing. She will also elaborate on how national legislation, such as the Umweltinformationsgesetz in Germany, will boost research and support nature conservation by providing access to monitoring data from assessment reports, e.g. monitoring of bats before and after wind mills were installed. Microbiologist Dr. Amber Scholz (DSMZ) will present the ongoing discussion whether digital sequence information (DSI) are subject to the Nagoya protocol, and why the answer to this question could have severe effects on global research. Afterwards, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of open biodiversity data in breakout rooms, and collect ideas to improve access to open data training and resources.
Juliane Röder, Uni Marburg/NFDI4Biodiversity
Marlen Fischer, Uni Marburg/NFDI4Biodiversity
Dr. Ortrun Brand, Uni Marburg/HeFDI/NFDI4Biodiversity
Dr. Daniel Tschink, GFBio e.V./NFDI4Biodiversity
Organiser: SFE2, GfÖ & EEF
Monday, November 21, 2022, 14-18 h
Today the volume, complexity, and creation speed of research data are rising exponentially. While the awareness of the value of environmental data has been increasing, we still face the problem that research data is getting more transient. The reasons are that data vary in quality, are stored decentrally with no long term perspective and are thus not findable or reusable for other researchers. Further, they are often not standardized in format nor described properly using common metadata standards. However, in order to leverage the full potential of existing data, researchers need to work together and share their data in order to gain insight into complex ecological processes. The vast resources of biodiversity-related data enable the opportunity for analysing complex processes on larger scales and in an interdisciplinary manner. Furthermore, research institutions and funders, but also publishers increasingly demand transparency and promote data sharing practices. In order to make data FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable ( www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples) –, 'good' research data management is needed.
NFDI4Biodiversity is part of the National Research Data Infrastructure, Germany. We boost research and support nature conservation by providing access to tools, and services for handling biodiversity and environmental data and to support good research data management.
The workshop How To Better Manage Your Data – And Thereby Enrich Research will take place as part of the Joint Conference of SFE2, GfÖ & EEF (November 21-25, 2022) and is divided into three sections. In the first section, we will teach the basics of research data management for ecologists across the whole data life cycle. Section two will then focus on the “first step” in the data life cycle – planning a research project. This section addresses the importance of a data management plan with practical examples. In the last section, we will share our experiences in the consortium NFDI4Biodiversity. This section will offer insight into one of the tools/services provided by our partners.
Main and co-organizers of the workshop
Dr. Daniel Tschink, GFBio e.V./NFDI4Biodiversity
Jimena Linares, GFBio e.V./NFDI4Biodiversity
Dr. Ivaylo Kostadinov, GFBio e.V./NFDI4Biodiversity
Organiser: Ecological Society (GfÖ) and NFDI4Biodiversity
The Winter School is held in English will provide state-of-the-art skills and knowledge in handling scientific data across the data life cycle. The event is a cooperation between the Ecological Society (GfÖ) and the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI4Biodiversity). Various experts from our partner network are invited as speakers and will share their knowledge with the participants. In a combination of direct knowledge transfer and practical lessons, participants will be introduced to fundamentals and cutting edge tools in the field and how to use them for their future careers. The winter school provides a unique opportunity to get introduced to advanced knowledge in research data management including the handling of data across technical borders such as combining different programming languages and/or software tools in a very short amount of time.
Organiser: German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI)
Collaboratively developing creative solutions and driving key issues forward – that's what the first de.NBI BioHackathon Germany is all about. Three NFDI consortia are part of the week-long event and welcome input and active participation.
Projects involved (for more info follow links):
Location: Universität Bremen, Hörsaal 1Organiser: NFDI4Biodiversity, DataPLANT, NFDI4Health, NFDI4Microbiota
Data-driven decisions in the life sciences have an immense impact on the well-being of humans and the environment, as well as on the development of research directions. Therefore, using best practice examples, experts from different areas of life sciences will discuss the importance of data-based decisions. Expect an in-depth discussion on the challenges and benefits of cultural change related to research data governance, Open Science and FAIR principles, and their impact on the daily life of every individual.
The event is part of the Love Data Week 2023.
Dr. Barbara Ebert (NFDI4Biodiversity), Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner (NFDI4Microbiota), Björn Usadel (DataPLANT), Prof. Dr. Dagmar Waltemath (NFDI4Health)
Dr. Kerstin Elbing (VBIO)
Organiser: BTW 2023
Please note: The workshop date has not yet been finalized - it will be held on March 6 or 7, 2023. Please keep an eye on this entry; the date will be set shortly.
The workshop intends to bring together scientists from various disciplines and ↗ NFDI consortia such as NFDI4Biodiversity with database researchers to discuss real-world problems in data science as well as recent big data technology. The workshop will consist of three parts: inspiring invited talks from international experts, presentations of accepted workshop papers (see call below) and concrete working groups on challenging subjects.
Andreas Henrich, Universität Bamberg
Naouel Karam, Fraunhofer FOKUS & InfAI e.V. (NFDI4Biodiversity)
Birgitta König-Ries, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (NFDI4Biodiversity)
Bernhard Seeger, Philipps-Universität Marburg (NFDI4Biodiversity)
Call for Papers
The importance of data has dramatically increased in almost all scientific disciplines over the last decade, e.g., in meteorology, genomics, complex physics simulations, biological and environmental research, and recently also in the humanities and social sciences. This development is due to great advances in data acquisition and data accessibility, e.g., improvements in remote sensing, powerful mobile devices, popularity of social networks, and the ability to handle unstructured data (including texts). On the one hand, the availability of such data masses leads to a rethinking in scientific disciplines on how to extract useful information and foster research. On the other hand, researchers feel lost in the data masses because appropriate data management, integration, discovery, analysis, and visualization tools are only rudimentarily available so far. However, this is starting to change with the recent development of big data technologies and with progress in natural language processing, semantic technologies and others that seem to be not only useful in business, but also offer great opportunities in science and humanities. Scientific workflows must be realized as flexible end-to-end analytic solutions to allow for complex data processing, integration, analysis, and visualization of Big Data in various application domains. For the workshop, we are particularly interested in two aspects of these topics: First, how can tools support the achievement of the FAIR principles? And second, what contributions can the database and information systems community make to the conceptualisation and implementation of Germany’s National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI?
See detailed information on topics of interests, important dates and submission guidelines at the event page linked above.
Organiser: Biodata Mining Group, Universität Bielefeld
Der Workshop (20. April 2023, 14-17 Uhr) widmet sich der Vorstellung von BIIGLE, einer webbasierten Software für die Bild- und Videoannotation, die die kollaborative Forschung an großen Datenbeständen ermöglicht. BIIGLE bietet dabei Werkzeuge für die manuelle und computergestützte Annotation, die Qualitätskontrolle und die Zusammenarbeit bei benutzerdefinierten Taxonomien zur Beschreibung von Objekten. Das System ist frei verfügbar und kann in Cloud-Umgebungen, einem lokalen Netzwerk oder auf mobilen Plattformen während Forschungsexpeditionen installiert werden. Neben einer allgemeinen Vorstellung der Software bietet der Workshop Raum für eine Hands-On-Session mit anschließender Diskussion.
Der Workshop ist offen für NFDI4Biodiversity-Angehörige und andere Interessierte. Erstere finden die Zugangsdaten im internen Projektbereich; Externe werden bei Interesse an einer Teilnahme gebeten, firstname.lastname@example.org zu kontaktieren.
See what's happening in the consortium and its network
Februar 2023: NFDI4Biodiversity ist Teil der Love Data Week
January 2023 – How can improved research data enrich the life sciences? Join the NFDI panel discussion in Bremen or via Zoom and find out.
Now online: Exciting Lecture on the Data in the Red List of Fishes
January 2023 – What is the role of data in the Red List of fishes – and what the potential of linking data in NFDI4Bio? The exciting presentation (in German) is now available on Youtube.
The NFDI4Biodiversity project has created around 25 positions for professionals in IT, bioinformatics, science management and administration across Germany. Currently advertised positions can be found here.