Enabling sustained flows of biodiversity monitoring data in the DTO (WP3)

WP description

WP3 is planning to develop sustainable flows for different types of biodiversity data (genomic data, imaging data, biologging data, acoustic data, citizen science data, industrial activities data and literature-based data) to the DTO environment.           
It consolidates on existing networks and monitoring programs that produce steady and continuous biodiversity data. This WP aims at data digitisation and includes actions spanning from test-casing different biomonitoring schemes to the re-usability of data. The data digitisation will be refined by promoting the use of established and approved data standards appropriate for each data type, developing new data standards if necessary, applying quality control procedures and communication protocols.           
In addition, data will be processed to generate basic integrated data products. This WP works closely with WP4 towards the effective integration and assimilation of the data flows in the demonstrator use cases (DUCs). WP3 focuses on the sustainable mobilisation and structural connection of biodiversity data and data products into the DTO, to develop applications, services and models in support of policy making and scientific advancements.

Key tasks

The following tasks will be carried out in order to achieve the goals outlined in WP 3:

  • Develop sustainable data flows for different types of biodiversity data: genomic data, imaging data, biologging data, passive acoustic data, citizen science data, data from official reports (for example the MSFD and the Birds and Habitats Directives), biodiversity data related to marine industrial activities, literature-based data, and global marine biodiversity data not covered by European infrastructures; 
  • Build on existing networks and monitoring programs that already produce steady and continuous biodiversity data 
  • Test-casing biomonitoring schemes 
  • Implement and improve data standards, quality control, data models & communication protocols 
  • Create fit-for-purpose science-based data products 
  • Ensure the sustainable and effective ingestion of data flows to the DTO

Key expected outcomes 

  • Best practices guidelines for data generation of the different data types. This will be based on and expanding the existing guidelines and/or protocols of the relevant networks and monitoring programs.
  • Framework for data flow towards the DTO for the various biodiversity data types addressed in WP3. This will include an overview of the state-of-the-art for standards, quality control, communication protocols, harmonisation pipelines, data products, data models, ingestion procedures and incentives. 
  • Inventory for generated data products from the various data types. This inventory will include harmonised and fit-for-purpose science-based data products. 
  • Biodiversity observation network data effectively connected to the DTO. Data will be openly available in online repositories. The continuous provision of data provision will be identified and established.