Event

Training Course on Ecological Niche Modelling and Integration of Large Biodiversity Databases for Macroecological Research

Summary 
The course will explore the use large scale biodiversity databases for macroecological research. There is now a new emerging e-infrastructure for biodiversity which is making it possible and practical to merge data from large number of distributed sources. Instrumental to such progress is the ability to harmonise content in the integrated database, where use of scientific nomenclature is one of the hardest aspects to deal with. This is being solved by linking scientific names of organisms to their underlying taxonomic concepts, and automatic processing of their globally unique identifiers.
Audience 

13 people. Attendees include 1-3 students from each of the Nordic countries, 10 trainees of the Digitisation Centre, and 5 teachers. The students are ideally at post graduate level, or are in the middle of their M.Sc. thesis preparation. Some experience with GIS tools is a prerequisite.

Contact information 

Prospective students send application to the organiser (Hannu Saarenmaa, hannu.saarenmaa@helsinki.fi, +358-50-4479668) by 21 April 2011.
Include a brief CV, educational history, list of eventual publications, and brief letter of motivation. It is possible to attend the first or second week only, but reasons for this must be explained. Acceptance to the course will be announced 30 April 2011. Travel costs, accommodation, and per diem will be paid for the accepted attendees.

Participants 
  • Saarenmaa, Hannu (Chair)