June 28 – 30, 2017 | Leipzig, Germany

This symposium was supported by the Secretariat of GEO BON and iDiv, which is working with its partners to improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity information to both decision-makers and the scientific community, including via the large scale mobilization and sharing of datasets. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) serves as an international, inter-governmental infrastructure for mobilizing and organizing primary biodiversity data to underpin the development of the Species Distribution and Population Abundance EBVs. GBIF supports the symposium as an opportunity to build on, and extend, existing tools, standards and processes to maximize availability to relevant data.

The main objectives of this symposium were: discussing strategies towards open access for species distribution and population abundance structured data; discussing tools, approaches and limitations to achieve this goal; addressing strategies to systematically mobilize existing and future data into open data portals.