BioFresh: Integrating

Freshwater Biodiversity Data

Aaike De Wever



© J. Freyhof, A. Hartl

The BioFresh project (2010-2014)

Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems:

Status, Trends, Pressures, and

Conservation Priorities

EU FP7 project, 18 partner institutions,

Co-ordination: Klement Tockner at IGB Berlin


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BioFresh rationale

Freshwater biodiversity information hub

– Thematic GBIF node / Freshwater SCAR-MarBIN/OBIS

Main components of the “BioFresh-platform”

– Data portal comprising metadatabase and occurrence database

– Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

– Resources and research outputs, blog,…

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BioFresh metadatabase

Tailored for freshwater data

Pro-active mobilisation of metadata

Export to EML

– E.g. for use when uploading data through IPT

Exchange with other initiatives planned

– EnvEurope - LTER


– …

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BioFresh occurrence database

Data model

– Set off with GBIF data (due to project design)

– <-> Hosting own data first (cfr. Canadensys)

Data sources

– ‘BioFresh’ data through BioFresh IPT (digitised data, partner data,…)

– Freshwater datasets shared with GBIF: if possible direct harvesting from source IPT

– ‘Mixed’ datasets: harvested through web services based on a list of freshwater species names (FADA)

– …

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BioFresh Information Platform

Bring freshwater biodiversity data together in a network of interoperable databases and make these (meta)data public

– Primary biodiversity data / species occurrences

(data available through GBIF and mobilised by BioFresh, which are to be exchanged with GBIF)

– Implies use and promotion of GBIF tools such as

Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) and possibly the

Harvesting and Indexing Toolkit (HIT)

– Topical freshwater GBIF node

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Key products of BioFresh

- Freshwater Biodiversity Matrix

- Contemporary and Climatic Freshwater

Biodiversity Models

- Climate Vulnerability Index

- Comparative biodiversity trend analysis

- Invasive species spread

- Response signatures

- AquaMaps

© J. Freyhof, A. Hartl

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BioFresh and GBIF

Establish Memorandum of Collaboration with GBIF secretariat

– Promote GBIF informatics processes and tools

– Promote incentive mechanisms (data paper, data citation…)

– Demand-driven data discovery

Engage with (EU) GBIF participant nodes

– Possibility to jointly mobilize data and publication through GBIF country nodes

– Explore possibilities of joint freshwater theme for data mobilization activities

– Possibility for joint workshops to encourage institutional data providers to set up and publish data through an IPT

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Forschungsverbund Berlin, FVB.IGB, Germany

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, RBINS

• Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, BOKU, Austria

• WorldFish Center (formerly ICLARM), WorldFish, Malaysia

• Institute de Recherche pour le Développement IRD, France

• Universität Duisburg-Essen, UDE, Germany

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Switzerland

Oxford University, UOXF.AC, UK

• Universitat de Barcelona, UB, Spain


• Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung, UFZ, Germany

• University College of London, UCL, UK

• Université Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, UCBL, France

• Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse 3, UPS, France

• Ecologic GmbH, Institut für Internationale und Europäische Umweltpolitik,

Ecologic, Germany

• Commission of the European Communities - Directorate General Joint

Research Centre, EC-JRC, Italy

• University of Debrecen, UD, Hungary

Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, NRM, Sweden

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