NFDI4Biodiversity Community Workshop: Living Atlas of Nature in Germany

Organisation: German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

A central element of the work going on in NFDI4Biodiversity is the Living Atlas of Nature of Germany (LAND).

In the atlas, occurrence data from different sources (e.g. citizen science, professional societies, research institutes, standardised and opportunistic recordings, museum collections, metabarcoding, etc.) are to be jointly visualised and made tangible.

The consolidation of data in LAND is intended to increase the visibility, availability and use of the individual datasets and data providers within the biodiversity community.

Currently, we use the infrastructure of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) for this purpose and focus on FAIR Data and Open Data as well as data that would like to become so.

Building on our many years of cooperation with many stakeholders, it is important to us to continue the development of the Atlas together with the community in a targeted and needs-oriented manner. We would therefore like to invite you to the Community Workshop, where we will first present the current status of the Atlas to you and then discuss the next steps together.

Core topics of the workshop will be:

  • Presentation and further development of the Living Atlas of Nature in Germany
  • Cooperation with partners and already existing portals
  • legal and technical issues around FAIR and Open Data, NFDI4Biodiversity and GBIF 
  • Mobilisation and digitisation of further data sets

The workshop will take place in presence at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig.


Day 1 – Thursday, March 30, 2023

From 11 am: 
Arrival and registration

12 pm

1 pm
Introductory lecture: Living Atlas of Nature Germany (LAND) - From feasibility study to practical implementation as NFDI4Biodiversity Use Case (Aletta Bonn, Anton Güntsch, Birgitta König-Ries & the NFDI4Biodiversity team)

1:20 pm
Presentation of the LAND GBIF-hosted Portal (Thore Engel, Jörg Holetschek, Martin Friedrichs-Manthey, Robert Köpke, NFDI4Biodiversity)

1.35 pm
Keynote speeches from the field

  • National Biodiversity Monitoring Centre (NMZB) (Andreas Krüss, BfN)
  • Freshwater Information Platform (Vanessa Bremerich, IGB)
  • The Living Atlas from the perspective of a professional society – data, background and cooperation (Tobias Reiners, DDA)
  • What are the needs of associations and civil society? (Stefan Munzinger, Naturgucker/NABU)
  • What are the needs of the state agencies?

2:35 pm
Coffee break

3 pm
Workshop Sessions: Further Development LAND GBIF Hosted Portal 1

  1. What data quality mechanisms can be developed together? (Birgitta König-Ries, Anton Güntsch)
    How can data quality (e.g. correct taxa) be checked & displayed? How can data be enriched (e.g. landscape structure, weather data, ....)?
  2. How can data holders participate? (Mark Frenzel, Aletta Bonn)
    How can data mobilisation be enabled? What incentives can there be?
  3. How can the portal be configured? (Thore Engel, Jörg Holetschek, Robert Köpke)
    Which filters? Which columns? Which additional concrete contents, i.e. pages, are desired? What are the visualisation potentials (datastory)?

4:45 pm

5 pm
Summary from the workshops

5:30 pm
Keynote lecture on legal aspects (Barbara Ebert, GFBio e.V., Deputy Spokesperson NFDI4Biodiversity)

7 pm
Joint dinner 

Day 2 – Friday, März 31, 2023

9 am
Summary day 1 & Introduction to day 2

9:10 am
Impulse lectures

  • Red List Centre Portals (Steffen Caspari, Red List Centre)
  • Visualisation of data in the Living Atlas (Robert Köpke, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL))

Workshop Session: Mobilisation & Digitalisation of Data

Data standards & publication (Jörg Holetschek, Martin Friedrichs-Manthey)
Q&A: Concrete data connection for interested parties: Which data are eligible? Requirements? steps? Use of BioCASe and ABCD?

Data rights and licences/visibility (Thore Engel, Anton Güntsch)
What are the needs for data rights? How can data from state offices and national parks be connected and integrated (e.g. BioCASe installation)? How can professional societies get involved? How can previously undigitised or insufficiently digitised data be mobilised? What can different actors contribute?

From data to map in the Living Atlas (Robert Köpke, Jana Moser)
What information do users need? Which potentials of datastories can we exploit? How do we visualise data uncertainties in maps? What further developments do we need?

Coffee break

11 am
Workshop Session: Perspectives beyond GBIF
What other content and functions are needed? How can the community be made even more visible? What formats of cooperation are desired? What visualisation is desired? What are the goals until the NFDI4Biodiversity Midterm Review in September 2023, until September 2025, until 2030?

12 pm
Summary of workshops & outlook

1 pm
Joint lunch


The workshop is open to all interested.

Click here to register.

Please note that you will not receive a confirmation email after completing the registration.

For actors who are not employed at universities or research institutes, e.g. experts from professional societies or associations with a voluntary background, travel and accommodation costs can be covered by NFDI4Biodiversity on request. If you have any questions, please contact Thore Engel and Martin Friedrichs-Manthey.

Orga team & contact

Aletta Bonn (iDiv)
Thore Engel (iDiv)
Martin Friedrichs-Manthey (iDiv)
Anton Güntsch (Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin)
Jörg Holetschek (Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin)
Birgitta König-Ries (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
Robert Köpke (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)

If you have any questions, please contact Thore Engel and Martin Friedrichs-Manthey.

30.03. - 31.03.2023
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