Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
The Living Atlases Community of Practice
expand article infoMarie-Elise Lecoq, Anne-Sophie Archambeau§, Rui Figueira|,, David Martin#, Sophie Pamerlon§, Tim Robertson¤, Régine Vignes Lebbe«, Cristina Villaverde»
‡ VertNet, San Francisco, United States of America
§ GBIF France - UMS Patrinat, Paris, France
| CIBIO/InBio, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
¶ CEABN/InBio, Centro de Ecologia Aplicada “Professor Baeta Neves”, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
# Atlas of Living Australia, Canberra, Australia
¤ Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Copenhagen, Copenhagen , Denmark
« Sorbonne Université, MNHN, CNRS, EPHE, Université des Antilles, Institut Systématique Évolution Biodiversité, ISYEB, Paris, France
» Royal Botanic Garden - CSIC - GBIF Spain, Madrid, Spain
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The power and configurability of the the Atlas of Living Australia tools have enabled more and more institutions and participants of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility adapt and install biodiversity platforms. For six years, we have demonstrated that the community around this platform was needed and ready for its adoption. During the symposium organized for the SPNHC+TDWG 2018, we started a discussion that has led us to the creation of a more structured and sustainable community of practice.

We want to create a community that follows the structure of open-source technical projects such as Linux or Apache foundation. After the GBIF Governing Board (GB25), the Kilkenny accord was agreed among 8 country or institution partners and early adopters of ALA platform to outline the scope of the new Living Atlases community. Thanks to this accord, we have begun to set up a new structure based on the Community of Practice (CoP) model. In summary, the governance will be held by a Management committee and a Technical advisory committee. Adding to these, the Living Atlases community will have two coordinators with technical and administrative duties.

This presentation will briefly summarise the community history leading up to the agreement of the Kilkenny accord and provide information and context of the key points contained. Then, we will present and launch the new Living Atlases Community of Practice . Through this presentation, we aim to collect lessons learned and good practices from other CoP in topics like governance, communications, sustainability, among others to incorporate them in the consolidation process of the Living Atlases community.


Living Atlases, ALA, GBIF

Presenting author

Marie-Elise Lecoq (VertNet)

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