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Open data - buzz word or virtual opportunities?

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Författare Christopher Kullenberg
Publicerad i Swedish LifeWatch – a national e-infrastructure for biodiversity data. Summary report 2010–2016
Sidor 9
ISBN 978-91-87853-17-3
Förlag ArtDatabanken SLU
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori
Sidor 9
Språk en
Länkar www.slu.se/globalassets/ew/subw/lif...
Ämneskategorier Ekologi


The overarching mission of Swedish LifeWatch (SLW) is to make all Swedish biodiversity data openly available in standardised formats through interoperable web services, and to develop tools and virtual laboratories for advanced biodiversity and ecosystem analysis. SLW currently provides some 67 million Swedish species observation records relating to 35,000 different species from 15 primary databases. All data can be accessed, visualised and analysed in the SLW Analysis Portal. Datasets of interest can be assembled using sophisticated filtering tools (selecting taxonomically, spatially, temporally, or by accuracy, traits, Red List status and other attributes) and combined with environmental and climatic data from a wide range of providers. Results can be analysed and downloaded as refined data or maps, tables, diagrams and reports. In 2010, the Swedish Research Council (VR) commissioned the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to lead the design of an infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research. An agreement was signed on 1 June 2011 between SLU, the University of Gothenburg, Lund University, Umeå University, the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) concerning formation of the Swedish LifeWatch consortium, led by a managing director at the Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken, SLU) and an external and impartial Board. Thus the consortium has been operational for 6.5 years up to now. The build-up has entailed a fantastic journey where we sometimes have had to invent new solutions. Even though the concept LifeWatch was established on the ESFRI roadmap already in 2006, and extensive and ambitious preparatory work took place over Europe the following years, Sweden was in reality the first country to implement a biodiversity informatics infrastructure of this kind. And we have received much appreciation and acknowledgment for what we have achieved. When looking back at the 2009 application to VR, I can conclude with great satisfaction that not only have we been able to implement almost everything we planned back then, but we have delivered even more. Now I look forward with excitement and great enthusiasm to ongoing progress in a world of digital techniques evolving extremely rapidly and generation of huge amounts of biodiversity data of different types. This will give scientists undreamed-of opportunities to explore major questions and support society by providing well-informed recommendations on how to handle our vulnerable environment and restricted natural resources in a changing world. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the talented and enthusiastic people who have worked with the consortium and made it so successful: the Board, consortium partners and all their personnel, IT developers, researchers and other users, administrative staff at SLW and administrators at VR. I would also like to extend my thanks to everyone who has contributed to the compilation and production of this report. Ulf Gärdenfors, Managing Director Swedish LifeWatch

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