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BioDATA: Biodiversity data mobilisation and data publication training in Eurasia
expand article infoDag T.F. Endresen‡,§, Armine Abrahamyan|, Akobir Mirzorakhimov, Andreas Melikyan|, Brecht Verstraete§, Dmitry Schigel#, Elena Makeyeva¤, Hugo J. De Boer§,«, Laura Russell», Maxim Shashkov˄,˅, Mukhabbatkhon Mamadalieva¦, Natalya Ivanovaˀ, Nina Voronovaˁ, Oleg Borodin, Oleh Prylutskyi, Piotr Tykarski₰,, Rukaya S. Johaadien‡,§
‡ GBIF Norway, Oslo, Norway
§ University of Oslo, Natural History Museum, Oslo, Norway
| Armenian National Agrarian University, Yerevan, Armenia
¶ Institute of Botany, Plant Physiology and Genetics of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
# Global Biodiversity Information Facility - Secretariat, Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
¤ The State Scientific Institution, Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
« Research School in Biosystematics - ForBio, Oslo, Norway
» Global Biodiversity Information Facility - Secretariat, Copenhagen, Denmark
˄ Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS – the Branch of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia
˅ Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Sciences Russian Academy of Science, Pushchino, Russia
¦ National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center Zan va Zamin, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
ˀ Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS – the Branch of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia
ˁ Belarusian State University, Faculty of Biology, Minsk, Belarus
₵ The State Scientific and Production Amalgamation Scientific and Practical Center for Biological Resources National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
ℓ V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
₰ University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, Warsaw, Poland
₱ GBIF Poland, Warsaw, Poland
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Abstract

BioDATA (Biodiversity Data for Internationalisation in Higher Education) is an international project to develop and deliver biodiversity data training for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Armenia, Belarus, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. By training early career (student) biodiversity scholars, we aim at turning the current academic and education biodiversity landscape into a more open-data-friendly one. Professional practitioners (researchers, museum curators, and collection managers involved in data publishing) from each country were also invited to join the project as assistant teachers (mentors). The project is developed by the Research School in Biosystematics - ForBio and the Norwegian GBIF-node, both at the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and partners from each of the target countries. The teaching material is based on the GBIF curriculum for data mobilization and all students will have the opportunity to gain the respective GBIF certification. All materials are made freely available for reuse and even in this very early phase of the project, we have already seen the first successful reuse of teaching materials among the project partners. The first BioDATA training event was organized in Minsk (Belarus) in February 2019 with the objective to train a minimum of four mentors from each target country. The mentor-trainees from this event will help us to teach the course to students in their home country together with teachers from the project team. BioDATA mentors will have the opportunity to gain GBIF certification as expert mentors which will open opportunities to contribute to future training events in the larger GBIF network. The BioDATA training events for the students will take place in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) in June 2019, in Minsk (Belarus) in November 2019, in Yerevan (Armenia) in April 2020, and in Kiev (Ukraine) in October 2020. Students from each country are invited to express their interest to participate by contacting their national project partner. We will close the project with a final symposium at the University of Oslo in March 2021. The project is funded by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU).

Keywords

Armenia, Belarus, biodiversity informatics curriculum, Darwin Core, data management, data mobilization, DIKU, ForBio, GBIF, Norway, Tajikistan, training courses, Ukraine

Presenting author

Dag Endresen

Presented at

Biodiversity_Next 2019

Funding program

Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) - Eurasia programme

Grant title

CPEA-LT-2017/10049