These Guidelines were produced by the former GEO BON Working Group
“Data Integration and interoperability, informatics and portals”.

Guidelines for biodiversity data management are presented from three perspectives: that of (1) individual researchers, (2) institutions, projects, or initiatives (such as regional BONs), and (3) the wider community and GEO BON. It focuses on the information technology aspects of the challenge to provide an infrastructure in support of EBV calculation.

For all of these end user categories, we recommend that

  1. General guidelines in respect of data management be followed;
  2. Specific guidelines to foster semantic interoperability are followed;
  3. As a first choice, data be shared in global repositories that serve a specific data family and is well established;
  4. Other data be published and catalogued using widely adopted interoperable service standards and content schema – while recognising that the community, and especially GEO BON, should play a role in extending such content schema where deficiencies exist.

Content schema and vocabularies in support of specific EBVs will be required once the community has adopted definitions – GEO BON has a critical role in developing these, and the GLOBIS-B project will make a direct contribution to this effort.

General Guidelines

Best Practice: Persistent Identifiers, Vocabularies, Ontologies, and Registries

Best Practice: Global Infrastructure Services

Best Practice: Federated Data Services and Implementations

Overview of Standards and Specifications

Licenses and Data Policy

References and Web Links