WP2 User requirements

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) leads WP2 with support from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) represented by the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). UvA coordinates the tasks and CNR as well as MLU collaborate in selecting experts (Task 2.1), preparing, managing, guiding and summarizing workshops (Tasks 2.2, 2.3 & 2.5), and in drafting a manuscript for a peer-reviewed scientific journal (Task 2.4). The main work of WP2 is to scientifically prepare and guide the four workshops, to synthesize existing biodiversity research and data as well as to summarize workshop outputs, and to foster international cooperation of biodiversity data infrastructures relevant for EBV calculation. This will allow to strengthen the international research cooperation network and to develop an integrated research agenda for improving biodiversity knowledge and data sharing on species distributions, abundance, traits and species interactions.
The workshops will bring together world-class biodiversity experts and expose them to exchange and feedback from biodiversity informaticians and operators of research infrastructures (WP3) and legal interoperability experts (WP4).

Together, the workshop participants will identify current and feasible ways for collecting, extracting, standardising, handling and analysing EBV-relevant data from diverse sources, and identify the challenges and limitations of sharing, reciprocal use, and openness of data. These user requirements will feedback to the research infrastructure operators and biodiversity informaticians (WP3) and legal interoperability experts (WP4) to propose solutions and actions for facilitating the development and integration of global research infrastructures.
This Work Package will coordinate the reporting of all workshops. Besides the reporting on scientific issues by WP2 staff, input will be delivered by WP3 and WP4 on the technical and legal subjects. Through a few internal iterations among the consortium partners (and where necessary external participants in the workshops) this will result in fully integrated reports, discussing all relevant topics of this project, and presenting a comprehensive set of conclusions to be used in further actions (either within or outside the project). At the same time, WP2 will deliver input into the position paper for policy makers as produced in Task 4.3.

Key Objectives

  • Discuss and define the key scientific questions as well as the practical challenges for calculating (repeatable) Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs)
  • Identify which variables can be feasibly observed and monitored for different EBVs, which data gaps exist, and which specifications and standards are needed for the collection and curation of these variables
  • Identify who has the responsibility for collecting/collating/archiving/distributing EBV-relevant data and observations
  • Rank the list of variables based on priority (scientific relevance), feasibility (measurements that are realistically achievable), implementation (identify institutions), and status (current activity)
  • Identify the challenges and limitations of sharing, reciprocal use, and openness of data
  • Develop guidelines and an integrated research agenda (together with WP3 and WP4) to allow enhancement of existing capabilities of research infrastructures or to develop new ones
  • Run four workshops with internationally acknowledged ecologists and biodiversity scientists to draw up this research agenda

Main participants


  • D2.1 Input discussion document
  • D2.2 Report of workshop 1
  • D2.3 Scientific publication or draft manuscript based on results from workshop 1 & 2
  • D2.4 Report of workshop 3
  • D2.5 Report of workshop 4